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Report: Black Nebraskans more likely to be arrested, jailed

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Posted at 4:14 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 17:14:20-05

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report from researchers at the University of Nebraska at Omaha shows that Black Nebraskans are far more likely to be arrested and placed behind bars.

Our partners at the Omaha World-Herald reported Black people also are significantly underrepresented among those receiving diversion or intervention services rather than jail time.

The report found that the average number of arrests of Black people in Nebraska from 2014 to 2019 amounted to 19 percent of all arrests, while Blacks make up 5 percent of the state’s population.

The study found that at state and federal correctional facilities, Black inmates were overrepresented by five times their population.

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