Despite claims that President Donald Trump’s administration has been neglecting people of color, the actual data tells a different story.
“President Donald Trump has made criminal justice reform a priority during his first administration,” writes Breitbart News‘ Penny Starr, “and his efforts have paid off, from signing into law the First Step Act to help individuals successfully transition back into society, to the lowest rate of incarceration for [B]lacks in 31 years.”
The Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard also took notice, reporting Friday:
America’s imprisonment rate has dropped to its lowest level since 1995, led by a dive in the percentage of [B]lacks and Hispanics sent to jail during the Trump administration, according to a new Justice Department tally. For minorities, the focus of President Trump’s First Step Act prison and criminal reform plan, the rate is the lowest in years.
Breaking down the numbers, Bedard said “the imprisonment rate in state and federal prisons is the lowest in 31 years” for Black Americans.
“For Hispanics, it is down 24%,” he wrote.
Bedard added in his report for the Examiner:
Across the decade from 2009 to 2019, the imprisonment rate fell 29 percent among [B]lack residents, 24 percent among Hispanic residents and 12 percent among white residents. In 2019, the imprisonment rate of [B]lack residents was the lowest it has been in 30 years, since 1989.
It’s something the Trump campaign team has been proud to tout.
Curtis McDonald spent 24 years in prison as a first-time offender.
Today, he was joyfully reunited with his family after President Trump granted him clemency.
“When I saw him walk out that door, it let me know that God is real. He’s real, man. And we’re so thankful as a family” pic.twitter.com/qMKFVcwlrQ
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