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"Widespread Racial Disparities in Discipline Found at N.Y. Prisons," by Grace Ashford, The New York Times, December 01, 2022
"How Tennessee Disenfranchised 21% of Its Black Citizens," by Bianca Fortis, ProPublica, November 08, 2022
"How the ‘Disenfranchisement Maze’ Bars Black Women from the Ballot," by Eva Herscowitz, The Crime Report, October 28, 2022
"California sheriff’s office stops Black drivers five times more often than white people, data shows," by Sam Levin, The Guardian, October 25, 2022
"After Virginia legalized pot, majority of defendants are still Black," by Karina Elwood and John D. Harden, Washington Post, October 16, 2022
"Black, Hispanic drivers more likely to be stopped by police in Virginia," by Brittney Melton, WUSA9, October 11, 2022
"Justices won’t hear Black death row inmate’s claims of racially biased jurors," by Megan Butler, Courthouse News Service, October 11, 2022
"Black People ‘Seven Times More Likely’ to Suffer Wrongful Convictions: Study," by James Van Bramer, The Crime Report, September 27, 2022
"Jaywalking Sets Stage for Debate on Racial Justice, Pedestrian Safety," by TRC Staff, The Crime Report, July 14, 2022
"Women of Color Will Face More Criminalized Pregnancies in Post-‘Roe’ America," by Elizabeth Yuko, Rolling Stone, July 07, 2022
"Opinion: Suicide of man who spent youth in Rikers shows devastation of racially biased justice system," by Karyn Lacy, USA Today, June 08, 2022
"Washington justices: Race a factor in analyzing police stops," by Gene Johnson, Associated Press, June 10, 2022
"Police Surveillance and Racial Justice," by James Van Bramer, The Crime Report, May 26, 2022
"Allegations of racial bias in a death penalty trial," by John Elwood, SCOTUSblog, May 20, 2022
"Fifty Years Ago, the Supreme Court Tried to Reduce Racial Bias in the Death Penalty. Did It Work?," by Austin Sarat, Slate, May 11, 2022