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How Bail ‘Criminalizes’ Poverty

New Orleans spends more to administer its bail system than it earns in revenue from bail, fines and fees—with a devastating impact on the city’s poorest residents, most of them African-American, according to a study released Tuesday by the Vera Institute of Justice.

In D.C., Police Trust Crisis Is Born of Experience, Not Videos

Conventional wisdom suggests that African-Americans have lost their trust in police as a result of viral videos of deadly interactions between officers and black citizens. But an analysis of citizen complaints and civil lawsuits in the District of Columbia asserts that trust has been destroyed in personal experiences with cops. “It made me hate the police,” said a woman involved in one troubling incident.

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Race and American Law: Looking Beyond Obama

A forthcoming and timely book aims to provides tools for instructors, students and advocates to navigate the justice system –particularly in areas where race drives outcomes.

Black Inmates At Disadvantage in NY Parole System

Black inmates serve an average of 80 more days than white inmates for the same crime, a New York Times analysis shows. Parole board members are mostly white, with law enforcement backgrounds, having little in common with black and Latino inmates. Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered an investigation of racial bias in the corrections system.