Study: NYC Pot Arrests More Likely For Blacks, Hispanics


Blacks and Hispanics are much more likely than whites to be arrested in New York City for simple marijuana offenses, says a new study reported by the New York Post. Even though blacks and Hispanics each account for 25 percent of New York residents, blacks accounted for 52 percent of misdemeanor arrests over two decades for possession of marijuana in public view, and Hispanics for 32 percent. The study was published in the journal journal Criminology and Public Policy..

Andrew Golub of the National Development and Research Institute said the study showed that blacks and Hispanics “receive harsher treatment at each stage of the criminal-justice system.” Police spokesman Paul Browne called it a “flawed study” that was underwritten by a pro-marijuana legalization group.


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