Black men are overrepresented in our jail

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The combination of higher arrest rates and longer lengths of stay for black men compared to white men mean that black men are overrepresented in the New Orleans jail. Although black men between the ages of 15 and 84 represent only 26 percent of the entire New Orleans population, they represented 80 percent of people in jail on May 2, 2017. These numbers demonstrate that black communities are disproportionately impacted by incarceration and its harms.