Racial Equity Dashboard
We’re again expanding the scope of our Racial Equity Dashboard to continue to expose structural racism in our system so nonprofits, advocates, and policy makers in the Cape Fear Region can align these insights with existing programs and identify new interventions.
This week, we are highlighting disparities in the justice system. Some highlights include:
The data shows the Black community faces a greater chance of being justice-involved than the White community and shoulders a larger economic burden in fines and fees.
- In 2018: Black people made up 18.6% of Wilmington’s population but accounted for 49.8% of arrest charges and 50.4% of incidents.
- Weapons, administrative, and drugs from 2000-2019 saw the largest disparities between Black and white people.
- Administrative charges – defined as charges that exist because of a prior offense - made up a significant portion of the total charges with 63.4% of those charges as failure to appear in court.
- The disparity between weapons charges was the worst. The charge-population ratio is 4, meaning if you’re Black you’re 4 times more likely to get a weapons charge.
No data point exists in a vacuum, but with each one, we explore the wider system. The Racial Equity Dashboard is step one as we work toward a future of equity and opportunity in our region. For this to truly reflect our community and be a collaborative effort, we need your insights. After you explore the dashboard, tells us what you think at email@example.com.