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Our Prisons in Black and White: The race gap for adults is shrinking. Why is it widening for juveniles?
The Marshall Project

After swelling for decades, the number of Americans in prison is finally, gradually beginning to shrink. For the first time since 1978, populations in both state and federal prisons are getting smaller, the result of an overall decline in crime, an easing of the War on Drugs, and reform efforts on the part of many states.