November 29th, 2010
The Prison law blog reports something that is worth noting on this blog: the disproportionate number of Native
Americans incarcerated in the United States.
The blog states that basically every state with a significant native population has an enormous disparity in incarceration rates for Natives. The blog gives links to charts showing how Native Americans are overrepresented in prison systems in Hawaii, Alaska, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Colorado, Idaho?, Vermont, Iowa, and Michigan.
The blog also notes the statistics for Montana: Native Americans are 6% of the Montana population but more than 20% of the incarcerated people in the state are Native Americans. Native women comprise 6% of the total of Montana women, but they are 32% of the incarcerated women in the state.
These statistics represent the same story that most minority groups in the United States suffer from: raised in substandard conditions for health, economic benefits, and education.