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Iowa’s Blues: More Midwest Blacks in the Big House

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Apparently all is not quiet on the Midwestern front. The proportion of Blacks being admitted to Iowa prisons has reached its highest point in at least 14 years, according to The Des Moines Register. Blacks account for 24.3 percent of all new Iowa prison admissions so far this year. A decade ago, a Des Moines Register investigation found at least 1 in 12 Black Iowans was in prison, on parole or probation—a ratio higher than anywhere else in the country, except the District of Columbia. The same analysis concluded that the ratio for whites was 1 in 110.—BB

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