Racial Disparities in the U.S. Criminal Justice System

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  • Disparities in Trials
  • 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

The Verdict

Studies reveal that prosecutorial decisions also have racial bias. A study conducted in 1993 in Los Angeles found that 95 percent of the 4,632 crack cocaine defendants prosecuted in California state court were Black, and 100 percent of the 42 crack cocaine defendants prosecuted in federal court were either Black or other racial minorities.

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