inmate race in us prisons note the federal government counts some categories such as hispanics as an ethnic group rather than a race dpic refers to all groups as races because 2 rising incarceration rates the growth of incarceration in the united states exploring causes and consequences the national academies press image prison policy initiative data this graph shows the cur racial potion green in regard to the racial breakdown of california s inmate potion 2017 potion demographics ekwip 2009 incarceration rates in the u s how n j became a nationwide leader in reducing prison potion nj racial disparity prisons 13 2 of illegal immigrant prisoners have at least some college 19 more highly educated people in every immigration tend to avoid incarceration the acs data include illegal immigrants incarcerated for immigration offenses and in ice detention facilities 16 subtracting out the 17 000 convicted for image race of us potion racial disproportionality of the u s prison potions revisited share of potion in each group unfreedom update xlsx executions for s cur u s row potion the acs data include illegal immigrants incarcerated for immigration offenses and in ice detention facilities 16 subtracting out the 17 000 convicted for image change the number of white british people is at an all time nhbw life tables 2010 xlsx u s incarceration rates by race prison policy initiative view full size what is the racial makeup of the united states new american prison potion png prison sentences have risen dramatically over the past few decades on justice and mercy bryan stevenson delves into the causes and ills of m incarceration and racial injustice but sees hope in america s future ethnic minorities into the melting pot houston races chart figure 2 4 total correctional potion including state and federal prison local jail and probation and parole potions 1972 to 2010