I am just researching the numbers and statistics about race from some of the arguments in the debate. I'll just leave this here for the sake of debate.
http://www.bop.gov/news/quick.jsp - Federal Bureau of Prisons: Quick Facts
Last Updated: Saturday, 29 October 2011
Total population: 218,081
Total sentenced population: 199,039
Inmates in BOP facilities: 181,847
Inmates in privately-managed secure facilities*: 22,888
Inmates in other contract facilities^: 13,346
* Includes inmates housed in privately-managed secure facilities under contract with the BOP or with a state or local government that has an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the BOP.
^ Includes inmates housed in community corrections centers, home confinement, jail/short-term detention, contract juveniles, and long-term boarders.
US 2010 Census on Ethnicities/Race: