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KEY ISSUES

Black families are plagued by poverty, unemployment, crime and incarceration. The conference looked at ways of addressing the factors that lead to crime in the black community.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE STATEWIDE FOR 2004

Black men: 10.8 percent

Latino men: 5.2 percent

White men: 3.8 percent

N.C. CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY 2004

Black: 30.2 percent

Latino: 29.2 percent

White: 16.1 percent

INMATES IN THE N.C. DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION

Black: 59.8 percent

Hispanic: 3.9 percent

White/Native American: 33.4 percent

HOMICIDE FIGURES

In 2002, the most recent year available, 50.7 percent of homicide victims in North Carolina were black.

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