Criminal Justice Groups Meeting Tomorrow to Discuss Racial Issues


Six criminal-justice organizations are meeting tomorrow in Washington, D.C., to continue a dialogue on eliminating racial and ethnic disparity in the justice system. The session follows a three-day conference on the same subject a year ago in New York City that led to a report published this past summer and featured in The Crime Report. Sponsors of tomorrow’s event are the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Foundation for Criminal Justice, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the Center for Nu Leadership on Urban Solutions, and the New York County Lawyers' Association.

Norman Reimer, executive directr of the criminal defense lawyers group, said, “This project has been a historic collaboration among a wide range of groups from across the spectrum of the American criminal justice system. They are all in agreement that our criminal justice system is riddled with racial and ethnic disparities. And they are all equally determined to solve the problem through creativity and innovation.” Papers presented tomorrow will be published soon in the New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. The authors are seven law professors: Angela Davis, Cynthia Jones, and Andrew Taslitz of American University, David Harris of the University of Pittsburgh; Renee McDonald Hutchins and Michael Pinard of the University of Maryland, and Jonathan Rapping of John Marshall Law School. Those interested in obtaining the journal should message, and the link to a live stream broadcast of the conference is

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