Written by the Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System
To sum up:
We find the assertion that Black disproportionality in incarceration is due solely to
differential crime commission rates is inaccurate.
We find that facially neutral policies that have a disparate impact on people of color
contribute significantly to disproportionalities in the criminal justice system.
We find that racial and ethnic bias distorts decision-making at various stages in the
criminal justice system, thus contributing to disproportionalities in the criminal
We find that race and racial bias matter in ways that are not fair, that do not advance
legitimate public safety objectives, that produce disparities in the criminal justice
system, and that undermine public confidence in our legal system.
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