According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the incarceration rate for
non-Latino Whites is 430 to 100,000 per population in Missouri. The incarceration
rate for Latinos is slightly more: 481 per 100,000 population. These statistics
may not seem extreme – until you compare them to the rate of African
In Missouri, the African American incarceration rate is 2,160 per 100,000
population. That's approximately five times the white incarceration rate.
Nicole Chiravollatti, a St. Louis criminal defense attorney, described
the disparity between white / Latino and black incarcerations as alarming.
"The statistics are real," said Nicole, "Missouri incarcerates
African-Americans at an alarming rate."
Understanding the American Criminal Justice Problem
Prison Policy Initiative, the American justice system embarked on an over-criminalization campaign
four decades ago, resulting in more than two million unnecessary incarcerations
today. In fact, this pattern of over-criminalization has given America
the highest incarceration rate in the world.
Ethnic inequality in the justice system isn't an isolated problem.
According to PPI, discrepancies between African-Americans and other ethnicities
are a prevalent issue in every state throughout America, not just Missouri.
Why You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney
More than ever, working with a skilled criminal defense attorney is imperative.
At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, we understand the challenges that African
American defendants face in court. That's why our firm is passionate
about giving each of our clients the strong defenses they deserve.
To learn more about your legal rights and options with us,
contact our office today for a
free evaluation of your case.
"If you are African-American and you have been charged with a crime
in Missouri, hiring an attorney is going to be the most important and
life-saving decision you will ever make," said Nicole, "We are
standing by ready to save your life and protect your future!"