Crimes and Arrests Declined, but Prison Terms Grew Longer

For black people, reductions in offending and arrests were offset by increases in length of stay.

Reported Offending Rate | Black

Reported offending rates of blacks for rape, robbery, and aggravated assault declined by 3% per year, on average.*

*As reported by the National Crime Victimization Survey

But this decrease was offset by an increase for blacks in expected length of stay in prison.

Expected Length of Stay | Black

Reported Offending Rate | White

White reported offending rates decreased for aggravated assault...

...while expected length of stay increased for whites for rape and robbery.

Expected Length of Stay | White