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Racial/Ethnic Differences in Drug and Alcohol-Related Arrest Outcomes in a Southwest County From 2009 to 2018 - AJPH 2020 

02-11-2020 12:28 PM

In 2017, drug-related and driving while intoxicated arrests made up approximately one-quarter (24%) of all arrests in the United States. Researchers in this study examined the association between race/ethnicity and arrest outcomes for drug- or alcohol-related charges in a rural county of a U.S. southwestern state. Researchers found that people of color were less likely to be offered front-end alternatives to arrest, prosecution and incarceration than their white counterparts. American Indian/Alaska Native people were 10 times more likely to be convicted and incarcerated for an alcohol-related arrest when compared to whites; Black and Latinx were two times more like to be convicted and incarcerated for felony drug-related arrests.

From the American Journal of Public Health, Supplement 1, 2020, Vol. 110.

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