Lee County, Arkansas

According to the 2000 Census, Lee County, Arkansas has a population of 12,580 people. Of those, 5,209 (42%) are White, 7,201 (58%) are Black, and 276 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,651 (or 13% of the 12,580 people) are not residents by choice but are people in prison.

Even though prisoners cannot participate in the local community, the Census Bureau nevertheless counts them as residents of the county where they are incarcerated.

A more accurate description would not include the prisoners. This would give Lee County a population of 10,929 with a demographic that is 41% White, 58% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 12,580 1,651 10,929
White 5,209 769 4,440
Black 7,201 882 6,319
Latino 276 106 170


[1]The numbers for Whites, Blacks and Latinos may not add up to the total number because we have not included racial groups other than Whites and Blacks and because the Census Bureau considers "Latino" to be an ethnicity, not a race. Most of the people reported as being Latino are also counted as being White or Black.

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  • Feb 21, 2019:
    Volunteer Attorney Stephen Raher will be presenting his paper “The Company Store and the Literally Captive Market: Consumer Law in Prisons and Jails” at the Consumer Law Conference at Berkeley Law School. The paper will be presented and discussed at 4:00pm.

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