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Meeting of July 26, 2011 – EEOC to Examine Arrest and Conviction Records as a Hiring Barrier

Written Testimony of Juan Cartagena
President and General Counsel
Latino Justice

TABLE 1: Estimated number of inmates held in custody in state or federal prisons or in local jails per 100,000 U.S. residents, by sex, race, and Hispanic origin, June 30, 20091

  MALES FEMALES
Year Total White Hispanic H-W ratio Total White Hispanic H-W ratio
2009 1,398 708 1,822 2.6 -1 131 91 142 1.6 -1

TABLE 2: State Prison and Local Jail Incarceration Rates, 2005, By Hispanic-to-White Ratio2. Rate of Incarceration per 100,000 Populations3

State Latino Pop. (% / #)4 White Hispanic Hispanic-to-White Ratio
National 16.3% / 50,325,522 412 742 1.8- 1
Connecticut 13.4% / 478, 929 211 1401 6.6- 1
Delaware 8.2% / 76, 631 396 683 1.7- 1
District of Columbia 9.1% / 54, 757 56 267 4.8 -1
Florida 22.5% / 4,230,294 588 382 0.6 -1
Georgia 8.8%/ 852, 513 623 576 0.9 -1
Massachusetts 9.6% / 628, 572 201 1229 6.1 -1
Maryland 8.2% / 473,431 299 Not collected
New Jersey 17.7% / 1,556,165 190 630 3.3 -1
New York 17.6% / 3,410,545 174 778 4.5 -1
North Carolina 8.4% / 800,980 320 Not collected
Pennsylvania 5.7% / 724,035 305 1714 5.6 -1
South Carolina 5.1% / 235, 893 415 476 1.1 -1
Virginia 7.9% / 632,080 396 487 1.2 -1

TABLE 3: % of Adult Population on Probation & Parole, by Latino or Hispanic Origin 2009

State Latino Pop. (% / #)5 % of Adults on Probation – Latino 20096 % of Adults on Parole – Latino 20097
National 16.3% / 50,325,522 9% (362,156) 18% (819,308)
Connecticut 13.4% / 478, 929 22% (12,399) 28% (793)
Delaware 8.2% / 76, 631 5% (773) 3% (15)
District of Columbia 9.1% / 54, 757 7% (615) 2% (112)
Florida 22.5% / 4,230,294 13% (34,906) 9% (408)
Georgia 8.8%/ 852, 513 2% (7,225) 2% (598)
Massachusetts 9.6% / 628, 572 Not Available 21% (700)
Maryland Not Available Not Available
New Jersey 17.7% / 1,556,165 12% (14,902) 23% (3,557)
New York 17.6% / 3,410,545 20% (24,182) 34% (17,334)
North Carolina 8.4% / 800,980 5% (5,620) 5% (180)
Pennsylvania 5.7% / 724,035 6% (12,190) 8% (6,065)
South Carolina 5.1% / 235, 893 2% (649) 1% (1,612)
Virginia 7.9% / 632,080 Not Available Not Available

Footnotes

1 U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Prison Inmates at Midyear 2009, Table 18, p.21 http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=2200 (2010)

2 U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear 2005, Table 14, p.11 http://bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=1007 (2006) (this was the last year that this compendium of state data was maintained)

3 Resident Population based on intercensal estimates of each State’s resident population (by race and Hispanic origin) for July 1, 2004, and then adjusted to the State resident totals for July 1, 2005.

4 U.S. Census Bureau. State & County Quick facts (2010)

5 U.S. Census Bureau. State & County Quick facts (2010)

6 U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Probation and Parole in the United States, 2009”, Appendix Table 7, p.26, http://bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=2233 (2010)

7 U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Probation and Parole in the United States, 2009”, Appendix Table 17, p.38, http://bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=2233 (2010)