In 2005, offending rates for blacks were more than 7 times higher than the rates for whites
The prevalence of imprisonment in 2001 was higher for
At the end of 2001, about 16.6 percent of adult black males were current or former inmates, compared to 7.7 percent of Hispanic males and 2.6 percent of white males. Among black males 35 to 44 years of age, 22 percent were current or former prisoners, compared to 10 percent of Hispanic males and 3.5 percent of white males in the same age group.
Prevalence rates at the end of 2001 were lower among females, with 1.7 percent of black females, 0.7 percent of Hispanic females and 0.3 percent of white females having ever been incarcerated.
Gonorrhea by Race/Ethnicity
In 2008, gonorrhea rates remained highest among blacks (625.0 cases per 100,000 population, Figure 21 and Table 21B). Similar to recent years, the rate among blacks was 20.2 times greater than the rate among whites (31.0 cases per 100,000 population).
Chlamydia by Race/Ethnicity
In 2008, chlamydia rates increased for all racial and ethnic groups (Figure 6, Table 11B). The rate of chlamydia among blacks was over eight times higher than that of whites (1,519.3 and 173.6 cases per 100,000,
P&S Syphilis by Race/Ethnicity
From 2007 to 2008, the rate of P&S syphilis increased in all racial and ethnic groups except American Indian/Alaska Natives (Figure 38). The rate increased 10.0% among non-Hispanic whites (from 2.0 to 2.2 cases per 100,000 population), 25.4% among blacks (from 13.8 to 17.3), 11.9% among Hispanics (from 4.2 to 4.7), and 25.0% among Asian/Pacific Islanders (from 1.2 to 1.5). The rate decreased 32.4% (from 3.4 to 2.3 cases per 100,000population) among American Indian/Alaska Natives (Table 34B).
Characteristics of jail inmates
Women were 12% of the local jail inmates in 2002, up from 10% in 1996.
Jail inmates were older on average in 2002 than 1996: 38% were age 35 or older, up from 32% in 1996.
More than 6 in 10 persons in local jails in 2002 were racial or ethnic minorities, unchanged from 1996.
An estimated 40% were black; 19%, Hispanic, 1% American Indian; 1% Asian; and 3% of more than one race/ethnicity.
Characteristics of State Prison inmates
Women were 6.6% of the State prison inmates in 2001, up from 6% in 1995.
Sixty-four percent of prison inmates belonged to racial or ethnic minorities in 2001.
An estimated 57% of inmates were under age 35 in 2001.
About 4% of State prison inmates were not U.S. citizens at yearend 2001.
About 6% of State prison inmates were held in private facilities at yearend 2001.
Altogether, an estimated 57% of inmates had a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Among the State prison inmates in 2000:
— nearly half were sentenced for a violent crime (49%)
— a fifth were sentenced for a property crime (20%)
— about a fifth were sentenced for a drug crime (21%)