The Crazy Years

From the complaint:

  1. For instance, Black job applicants have failed Defendants’ criminal justice history screening, and consequently are denied employment, at a rate exceeding approximately 14.5% while White job applicants have failed Defendants’ criminal justice history screening, and consequently are denied employment, at a rate of under approximately 8%.

Reading between the lines, that’s essentially exactly 2:1.

But crime statistics suggest a much higher ratio than 2:1.

Although a 7:1 incarceration rate ratio is not an exact proxy for criminal records, and there may be a sample bias regarding whether one race’s criminals are more likely to apply for jobs, this suggests that white criminals are being disproportionately denied jobs, not the other way around.

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