Report Sees Growing Racial Inequity in Criminal Justice


Despite progress in racial justice in America over the past 50 years, racial disparities in the criminal justice system have persisted or gotten worse, according to a new report by the Sentencing Project. The report,”Incorporating Racial Equity Into Criminal Justice Reform,” was written by executive director Marc Mauer and research analyst Nazgol Ghandnoosh.

The report cites socioeconomic shifts in society, including the decline of manufacturing jobs, growing inequality and its disproportionate effect on communities of color, policy initiatives with consequences for racial disparity, bias in discretionary decisionmaking, and allocation of resources. Consequently, while blacks and Latinos together comprise 30 percent of the nation’s population, they account for 58 percent of the prison population and 51 percent of the jail population.

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