Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System: Prepared for the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
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Oct. 30, 2009
ANNOTATION: This testimony addresses the “profound impact of disproportionate rates of incarceration in communities of color” (p. 1). Topics covered include: causes of racial disparity—disproportionate crime rates, disparities in criminal justice processing, overlap of race and class effects, and impact of “race neutral” policies; and policies and practices to reduce racial and ethnic disparities—adopt racial impact statements to project unanticipated consequences of criminal justice policies, assess the racial impact of current criminal justice decision making, shift the focus of drug policies and practice, and provide equal access to justice.