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Map1 - Teen Pregnancy
Map2 - Incarceration
Map3 - Homicide Rates
Map4 - Drop-out Rates
Map5 - Bankruptcy Rates
Map6 - Driving Distances
Map7 - Energy Use
Map8 - Gonorrhea!
Map9 - Tax Burden
Map10 - State GDP
Map11 - DHS funding
Map12 - Adult Illiteracy.
Map13 - Abortion Bans:
Map14 - ER Quality
Map15 - Hospital Quality
Map16 - Coal Burners
Map 17 - Infant Mortality
Map 18 - Toxic Waste
Map 19 - Obesity
Map 20 - Poverty
Map 21 - Occupational safety
Map 22 - Traffic deaths
Map 23 - Divorce
Figure 1 - Wages vs Right to work
Figure 2 - Unemployment vs Right to work
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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Getting arrested in Texas
While Mr. Delay may seem smug and self-assured about his impending trial, he better be careful. They are pretty tough on criminals in Texas.

Consider Texas has the highest rate of incarceration in the US.

But before you get the idea in your heads that this actually discourages violent crime (it's clearly not preventing money laundering), consider that the states with highest incarceration rates don't appear to enjoy any benefit in decreased murder rates. All that incarcerating and executing, and you still got all those murderers and money-launderers. Shame shame.

Data compiled from:
Mother Jones magazine, Debt to Society: Special report, Incarceration rates in 2000, incarceration rate is defined as the number of prisoners sentenced to more than one year per 100,000 residents, as recorded by the Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

Kochanek KD, Murphy SL, Anderson RN, Scott C. Deaths: Final data for 2002. National vital statistics reports; vol 53 no 5. Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics. 2004.


Anonymous said...

Why do you think that is you stupid fucking radicals. . .it is becase the south has a higher population of black people. And it surely isnt the blacks down here that are voting red

2:54 PM, June 23, 2006

Anonymous said...

Wow, it's not often you see a red-stater being so openly racist. Normally, at least some effort is made to hide it.

10:06 AM, June 24, 2006

Theogrin said...

The internet really does bring out the best in people.

The maps are quite familiar to me, to be honest; that said, population may be at note here, as well as distribution within the state itself. I would expect that the city centers in east Texas would have a significantly altered rate of murder, while in the western end, it would be more widespread.

One might also check a correlation between individual districts; as I recall, Texas does have certain areas that will and do vote liberal in elections, and I'm wondering just how the rates stack up there.

10:35 AM, June 25, 2006

Rev. Dr. said...

I do love how frequently people look at my maps and their gestalt respone is, "that's where the black people are!"

I think it reveals an implicit bias. It also is just not bourne out by the full analysis.

12:54 AM, June 26, 2006

Anonymous said...

It is the eptiomy of ignorance to infer that the incarceration rate is not directly correlated to the population of African Americans. They compose 16 percent of the national population, and account for over fifty percent of the prison population. Ignorance is one thing, but willfull, blatant ignorance of the facts is inexcusable.

3:25 PM, September 22, 2006

Anonymous said...

Although African Americans make up slightly less than 50 percent of prison population, and not over half as the previous poster stated, I think he has a valid argument. The South does have a much higher proportion of African Americans, and therefore accounts for this high incarceration rate. As racist as this may sound, you cannot ignore the facts. But of course a liberal will not dare to blame any of this nation's problems on the black population. As long as liberals refuse to allow African Americans to accept at least some of the responsibility for their high incarceration rate and poverty, these problems will only continue to increase.

7:54 PM, September 25, 2006

Anonymous said...

Notice the only blue state with a top ten incarceration rate. Delaware: black population of 20 percent(highest black population of any blue state besides Maryland). Does this surprise anyone? Also notice the blue states represented on the homicide rate map. Maryland(another shocker): black population of 27 percent. Also Michigan: black population of 14 percent. The author has already given his explanation for California's appearance on the map. In fact, every state with a black population of 20 percent or more is represented on one of these maps. All but two states (Virginia and Florida) with black populations of 15 percent or more are also found on one of these maps. Face the facts people. There is obviously some correlation between incarceration rates and African American population percentage.

8:21 PM, September 25, 2006

FuckTheRacistRight said...

While the crime rates among African Americans are higher, so are poverty rates. What is the correlation? Probably just poverty and crime. This is unsurprising. Now we are forced to ask why African Americans are poorer than whites. Given the tradition of racism in the US this is also unsurprising. What are the crime rates normalized for income or education? Of course this level of nuance will always escape the dimwitted conservative morons such as the ones posting here.

11:44 AM, October 17, 2006

Anonymous said...

Hey this is an awesomely obvious thread! I love the map and I have no doubt that there is correlation.
But I interpret it in an exactly opposite way from the fairly flagrant racist trolls.
It's not just poverty- it's guns, pitiful educational standards for both blacks and whites, and especially easy to roll juries who ALWAYS think the black guy did the crime.

3:34 PM, December 03, 2006

Anonymous said...

of course they'll pick the black guy. when you have 16% of the population doing about 50% of the homicides according to the FBI, one isn't surprised when the TV news shows a photo of a black guy that's been arrested for killing someone.

5:11 AM, March 04, 2007


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