A jaw-dropping number of African-American men who do not complete high school risk ending up in prison.
According to a new report from the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project, black male dropouts born in 1975 have a 70 percent chance of ending up in prison.
That percentage is more than three times lower for white male dropouts.
“It’s a very dramatic statement about the importance of keeping kids in schools and the consequences that occur when you don’t,” Dennis Parker, director of the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union, told HuffPost. “I hope this statistic wakes us up to the problems that we face as a society. It affects not only those people but all of us.”
Parker said this is bad news for the average taxpayer who pays for incarcerating prisoners.
“It also makes it impossible for a large number of people to reach their potential,” Parker said.