Indiana’s Imprisonment Rate Rises While National Rate Drops

According to a new report from the ACLU, Indiana’s imprisonment rate grew 18 percent between 2000 and 2016. In that same time, the national rate dropped eight percent. Jane Henegar, the Executive Director for ACLU of Indiana, adds that nine percent of Indiana’s population is African American, but 34 percent of the prison population is African American. She says “laws governing drug offenses that have increased the amount of time required to be spent for a drug offense” is to blame.