African Americans got 55 percent of all tickets issued for pedestrian violations in Jacksonville over the past five years. Nearly all such tickets were written in the city’s poorest sections. “There is not an active effort to be in black neighborhoods writing pedestrian tickets,” says the local sheriff.
African-American male offenders receive sentences averaging 19.1 percent longer than white males—a gap that has largely remained unchanged since the U.S. Sentencing Commission began studying the issue in 2010. In its third report on the demographic factors affecting sentencing outcomes, the USSC also said females received shorter prison sentences than males.
A pro-death penalty “punitive culture” in some federal jurisdictions ensures that poor defendants in capital punishment cases never get the quality of public defense they are entitled to, argues a study published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. The authors say their findings help explain the stark racial disparities in the application of death sentences across the U.S.
The central Tennessee cities of Shelbyville and Murfreesboro are preparing for demonstrations Saturday by white-nationalist groups. Many fear the rallies could turn violent like the August demonstration in Charlottesville, Va.
Over the past decade, Long Island’s blacks, Hispanics and other minorities were far more likely than whites to be arrested and wind up behind bars for crimes that experts say are the suburban equivalent of “stop and frisk” charges, Newsday reports.
University of Florida president Kent Fuchs said white nationalist Richard Spencer wants the speech he will deliver Thursday to provoke violence that will gain sympathy for the alternative right movement he represents.
Does the race or ethnicity of police officers make a difference in how police behave on the streets of the neighborhoods they patrol—and how they see their jobs? A study released Friday suggests it does, and the authors—both from the University of Central Florida—say it supports arguments that law enforcement diversity is crucial to restoring trust and legitimacy in America’s police forces.
In an example of how U.S. Justice Department priorities are changing, new U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman in Cleveland has eliminated the office’s civil rights unit and has established a new division that will focus on prosecuting violent crime. The crime unit will use the power of the federal government to build bigger conspiracy cases and target gangs.