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A new study by a UC-Berkeley graduate student has surprised a number of experts in the criminology field.
Its main finding: Private prisons are packed with young people of color.
The concept of racial disparities behind bars is not exactly a new one. Study after report after working group has found a version of the same conclusion.
The Sentencing Project estimates 1 in 3 black men will spend time behind bars during their lifetime, compared with 1 in 6 Latino men and 1 in 17 white men.
Arrest rates for marijuana possession are four times as high for black Americans as for white.
Black men spend an average of 20 percent longer behind bars in federal prisons than their white peers for the same crimes. These reports and thousands of others have the cumulative effect of portraying a criminal justice system that disproportionately incarcerates black Americans and people of color in general.
The datanews team started wondering how many places someone could safely land a Boeing 777 within the potential range of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Sharks in Western Australia are now tweeting out where they are — in a way.
Government researchers have tagged 338 sharks with acoustic transmitters that monitor where the animals are. When a tagged shark is about half a mile away from a beach, it triggers a computer alert, which tweets out a message on the Surf Life Saving Western Australia Twitter feed. The tweet notes the shark’s size, breed and approximate location.
Music For Your Monday: NPR Music is streaming Peter Bjorn and John’s Gimme Some in its entirety. Enjoy!
Dave Edwards, Chair of NPR Board of Directors in a letter to staff (via abcworldnews)
@NPR meet @Fresh Air. Fresh Air, NPR. Hooray for inner-office communications! ;)
awk. communication with the mothership, saved for eternity. I don’t actually know when NPR’s b-day is. But heck, it’s at some point this week. What’s 48 hours? :P