What percent of California's prison population is Hispanic or Latino and what percent is African-American?

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According to statistics shown in the two links below, the percentage of California’s adult prisoners who are Hispanic or Latino and who have been sentenced on felony charges is 42%.  This means that Hispanics are somewhat overrepresented in the prison population relative to their percentage of the state’s adult population as a whole.  Hispanics make up 33% of the state’s adult population. 

African Americans are also overrepresented in the California prison system.  African American prisoners constitute 26% of the population in state prisons.  This is true even though African Americans only make up 6% of the state’s adult population.  The fact that so many African Americans are incarcerated is one of the factors that make many people worry about the impact of “mass incarceration” on the African American community.

The rest of California prison population is made up of whites (28%) and other races (4%).