KENTUCKY STUDY FINDS RACIAL BIAS IN COURT

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http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2003/07/29ky/wir-front-race0729-17716.html

Black offenders in Jefferson County, Kentucky, courts are more likely than whites to be incarcerated for drug offenses and shoplifting in part because some judges treat blacks more harshly, according to a new study.

A draft report on the study, which was conducted by two professors at the University of Louisville, concludes, “The primary difference in the treatment of black and other offenders is found in the sentencing behavior of particular judges.”

The study was conducted for the Commission on Racial Fairness, formed by Kentucky Chief Justice Joseph Lambert in January 2001 to address complaints about unequal treatment of African Americans in Jefferson County courts. Lambert told the Louisville Courier-Journal the study results are “disconcerting, to say the least.”

Link: http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2003/07/29ky/wir-front-race0729-17716.html

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