Racial Disparities in the U.S. Criminal Justice System

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  • Relying on a Flawed Defense System
  • The Verdict
  • A Jury of Your Peers
  • The Color of Your Skin Influences Sentencing
  • Capital Punishment Designed for Blacks?
  • War on Drugs, War on Blacks
  • We Have Facts. So What Can We Do to Change It?
  • Race Matters
  • Despair
  • Disparities in Police Activity
  • Disparities in Trials

A Jury of Your Peers

Although the American justice system maintains that you are guilty until proven innocent, research suggests that inherent racial bias affects trial judges and jury members’ ability to evaluate guilt and innocence objectively. An analysis of juries in death penalty cases in 2001 found that 25 percent of the examined juries had no Black members and roughly 70 percent had two or fewer.

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