Big drop in African-American arrests in St. Louis over last 15 years, UMSL study shows

The number of African-Americans arrested or facing a summons in St. Louis for all types of crime dropped significantly between 2002 and 2017, according to research released Thursday by criminologists at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

The data show that about 11,300 black individuals faced some kind of enforcement action in 2017, compared to about 38,000 in 2002. Enforcement is defined as an arrest for a felony, misdemeanor, municipal offense or because the person has a bench warrant, or being issued a criminal summons

Blacks were still more likely than whites to face enforcement actions, but the gap between the races narrowed significantly. In 2002, black people were 4.5 times more likely to be arrested or given tickets. That was down to 2.4 times more likely in 2017. The enforcement…

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