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Results Of UNO Study Find Disproportionate Number Of Black Nebraskans Behind Bars

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A new report from researchers at the University of Nebraska at Omaha shows that Black Nebraskans are far more likely to be arrested and placed behind bars. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Black people also are significantly underrepresented among those receiving diversion or intervention services rather than jail time. The report found that the average number of arrests of Black people in Nebraska from 2014 to 2019 amounted to 19% of all arrests, while Blacks make up 5% of the state’s population. The study found that at state and federal correctional facilities, Black inmates were overrepresented by five times their population. 

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