So there I was working on a piece for Zach Goldfarb, my editor at Wonkblog, on who is getting out of prison in this era of de-incarceration. I ran the race data using five Bureau of Justice Statistics reports and found a huge racial disparity that surprised almost everyone I talked to about it. This graph is a taster. Full account at the Washington Post.

If you think you can explain these trends, the comments are open for your ideas.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

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Keith Humphreys is a Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and served as Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Obama Administration. @KeithNHumphreys