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"Wisconsin imprisons 1 in 36 Black adults. No state has a higher rate.," by Clare Amari, WTMJ-TV Milwaukee, October 14, 2021
"Police face a 'crisis of trust' with Black motorists. One state's surprising policy may help.," by Simone Weichselbaum, Emily R. Siegel, and Andrew Blankstein, NBC News, October 07, 2021
"Court recognizes implicit bias in nixing juror for supporting Black Lives Matter," by Hassan Kanu, Reuters, September 22, 2021
"Forensic Testimony Distorted by ‘Implicit’ Racial Bias: Paper," by Eva Herscowitz, The Crime Report, September 08, 2021
"Study shows Black offenders more likely to get federal life sentences," by Russell Contreras, Axios, September 05, 2021
"Arizona's Supreme Court Eliminates Peremptory Challenges," by Cheryl Corley, NPR, September 06, 2021
"A Beverly Hills police task force arrested 106 people. All but one were Black, lawsuit claims.," by Kim Bellware, Washington Post, September 03, 2021
"Chemerinsky: The Supreme Court has done a poor job protecting against police abuse of power and racism," by Erwin Chemerinsky, ABA Journal, September 02, 2021
"Beverly Hills accused of creating police task force that disproportionately arrested Black people," by Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, September 01, 2021
"Arizona launches a bold new experiment to limit racist convictions," by Ian Millhiser, Vox, August 31, 2021
"The Black Mortality Gap, and a Century-Old Document," by Anna Flagg, The Marshall Project, August 30, 2021
"Feds Targeted BLM Protesters With Harsh Prosecutions," by TRC Staff, The Crime Report, August 19, 2021
"Minneapolis police to curb minor traffic stops, long cited by critics as racial profiling," by Kim Bellware, Washington Post, August 13, 2021
"The campaign against CRT is all about preserving white privilege," by Bruce Mirken, 48 Hills, July 28, 2021
"Violence That Doesn't Go Viral," by Sandhya Dirks and Sukey Lewis, NPR, August 04, 2021