Racial Disparities in the U.S. Criminal Justice System

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  • 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
  • Relying on a Flawed Defense System
  • The Verdict

War on Drugs, War on Blacks

The “War on Drugs” seems to have caused the largest racial disparities within the American justice system. From 1999 to 2005, Blacks constituted roughly 13 percent of drug users and 36 percent of those who were arrested for drug offenses. Blacks were 46 percent of those convicted for drug offenses. Additionally, Black Americans constitute 80 percent of those sentenced under federal crack cocaine laws each year. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

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