Incarceration of white Americans on the rise

There's still significant racial disparity in U.S. jails and prisons — but since 2005, the jail incarceration rate for African-Americans has declined by 20% nationally and 30% in urban areas, while the incarceration rate for whites has slowly increased, according to a new study of federal data by Vera Institute of Justice and the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge.

Data: Bureau of Justice Statistics; Chart: Axios Visuals

One key trend: Between 1990 and 2013, the number of white people in jail nearly doubled, the study found. This trend was most notable in more rural areas, possibly correlating to the opioid crisis.