Iowa ranks among worst states for racial disparities in drug possession


KIMT News 3 – A recent study shows there is a large racial difference in Iowa drug arrests.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch, they found that blacks are treated differently than whites in Iowa when it comes to drug arrests.

An analysis of drug possession charges showed a black person in Iowa is seven times more likely to be arrested for drug possession than a white person — even though several studies show that races use drugs at about the same rate.

“There’s a misconception in our society that think that black people do more drugs that’s why they are arrested more often and that’s part of the problem. We have an incorrect racist perception,” says Veronica Fowler, ACLU communications director.

Iowa is one of only three states that automatically and permanently takes away a person’s right to vote after a felony conviction.

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