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Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity

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Incarceration Rate by Race/Ethnicity, 2015

What does this measure?

The number of people incarcerated in local jails by race/ethnicity, expressed as a rate per 10,000 residents of that race/ethnicity.

Why is this important?

Incarceration serves to remove offenders from a community, but also creates hardships on families, including the loss of an income or a caregiver, in addition to long-term effects on mental health for all involved. After incarceration, people often encounter challenges in obtaining meaningful employment, leading to reductions in long-term productivity, recidivism and widespread effects on a community's social, health and educational systems. Disparities in this rate by race or ethnicity can highlight structural differences in how communities are affected and treated by the public safety and criminal justice system.

How is our region doing?

In 2015, MetroWest had incarceration rates of 38 for every 10,000 Hispanic or Latino residents, 32 for black or African American residents, 25 for Native American residents, 10 for white residents, and 4 for Asian residents. In other words, the rate for Hispanic residents was 4 times higher than that of white residents, and among African Americans, the rate was 3 times higher than their white counterparts. Statewide incarceration rates were substantially higher for African Americans (55) and Hispanic residents (51), slightly higher among white residents (14), similar for Asian residents, and a bit lower for Native American residents (22).

While the region's incarceration rates have fluctuated year to year, the overall trend since 2000 is a decline in rates for African American, Hispanic and Native American residents, while the relatively low rates among white and Asian residents have remained flat.

Among the region's counties, Worcester had the highest incarceration rates for all racial and ethnic groups, but especially African American (57) and Hispanic (52) residents. Norfolk had the lowest rate for Hispanic residents (7), while Middlesex had the lowest for Black or African American residents (20).

Notes about the data

National data for subgroups is not available.

Incarceration Rate by Race/Ethnicity, 2015
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatinoNative AmericanWhite
Massachusetts4.054.551.121.513.5
Region3.732.237.824.69.6
Middlesex4.420.335.029.97.7
Norfolk1.533.16.513.710.6
Worcester4.957.152.423.912.1

Source: Vera Institute of Justice
Notes: Rates are per 10,000 residents




Number of Incarcerated People by Race/Ethnicity, 2015
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatinoNative AmericanWhite
Massachusetts1321,8942,625234,593
Region8238661591,531
Middlesex601212935625
Norfolk8110131374
Worcester141553093532

Source: Vera Institute of Justice
Notes: Figures are for the total jail population. The total jail population is the average daily population.




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Drug Poisoning Mortality Rate Not Applicable
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