As a youngster growing up in Filthydelphia, Pennsylvania my uncle would tell me to protect myself against 'plans' that had already been made for me by the e-s-t-a-b-l-i-s-h-m-e-n-tHe said that for us especially in difficult times (no jobs), survival choice might be limited to the military or the correction system.

Here are some statistics to help you decide if he was right. And this nation's top cop is black!

Home of the brave and land of the F   ?!

Bill Turner

The states that have the largest Black prison populations are :

State†† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Black Population††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Black Prison Pop.

Georgia                              29%                                             64%

Ohio                                 12%                                               52%

Iowa                                   2%                                               24%

Minnesota                          3%                                               37%

Wisconsin                          6%                                               48%

Illinois                              15%                                               65%

Missouri                           11%                                               45%

Arkansas                          16%                                               52%

Louisiana                         33%                                                76%

Mississippi                      36%                                                 75%

Alabama                          26%                                                65%

Tennessee                        16%                                                53%

Kentucky                           7%                                                36%

Indiana                              8%                                                 42%

Michigan                         14%                                                55%

South Carolina                30%                                                69%

North Carolina                22%                                                64%

Virginia                           20%                                                68%

Pennsylvania                    10%                                               56%

New York                       15%                                                51%

Delaware                        19%                                                 63%

Maryland             †††† ††††          28%                 ††††††††††††††††                              77%

Connecticut                      9%                                                 47%

New Jersey                    13%                                                 64%

Rhode Island                   4%                                                  30% 

The states where Blacks are not being placed in prison as a matter of course are Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, and Idaho, even though their general populations are small. 

Most of the states with a majority of Black prisoners are found in the south. However, Maryland, which isnít generally viewed as a southern state, has the largest percentage of Black prisoners 77%. But Wisconsin, with a tiny Black population of 6%, has a Black prison population of 48%. And Mississippi, with the largest Black population of 36%, has a Black prison population of 75%.