Race and the Criminal Legal System Discussion Series

Race Matters in our criminal legal system. It affects what happens from initial contact with police on the street and pretrial determinations, to the end of the case and everything in between. Race impacts the length of sentence someone is likely to receive and whether or not they receive the death penalty. This discussion series seeks to highlight how race intersects with various issues in the criminal legal system, navigating these racial disparities, and ways to advocate for change.

On this page, you can register for upcoming discussions in the series, provide suggestions for future discussions and watch past videos.

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On Wednesday, June 30th, 4:00pm – 5:30pm ET, join NACDL for a panel discussion on the recently released film Racially Charged: America’s Misdemeanor Problem. This short documentary traces America’s modern misdemeanor system back to the post-civil war period, unpacking the criminalization of certain conduct as a means for social and economic control over Black Americans. Check back here for updates and the link to register!

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Past Webinars

  • Race + Criminal Legal System: Collateral Consequences Part II
  • Race + Criminal Legal System: Collateral Consequences Part I
  • Race + Criminal Legal System: Public Defense
  • Policing Black Bodies II: Race and Pretrial Practices
  • Policing Black Bodies: A Discussion on Race and the Criminal Justice System