Felony Ethnicity and Gender … by Alice B. Clagett

Revised; originally published on 5 January 2015 

Dear Ones,

Ethnicity of felony defendants in California in 2012 was 36% white, 21% black, 40% hispanic, and 3% Asian/Pacific Islander.

According to 2011 US Census Bureau estimates, California’s population was 39.7% Non-Hispanic White, 6.6% Black or African American, 13.6% Asian, 1.0% American Indian, 0.4% Pacific Islander and 3.6% from two or more races. White Americans make up 74.0% of the total population. By ethnicity, 38.1% of the total population is Hispanic/Latinos (of any race) and 61.9% Non-Hispanic (of any race).

So comparing felony defendants to the general population, by percent, we have:

White felony 36% (population 39.7%)
Black felony 21% (population 6.6%)
Hispanic felony 40% (population 38%)
Asian/Pacific Islander felony 3% (population 19.2% including ‘other’)

Then as to ratio of men to women, there were 79% male felony defendants to 21% female felony defendants, compared to about 50-50 in the general population.

So natch, the question arises: Could it be that there is some unwitting, unintended cultural mental filters at work here?

How would it be if we were to strive toward a felony arrest rate more in keeping with the ethnicity of our population? Something akin to the diversity standards for hiring employees in the United States today?

Or maybe, education of the public and of our police force as to the possibility of unintended mental filters based on ethnicity, might be a good idea?

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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