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"Manhattan federal prosecutors wrongly relied on white grand juries in Westchester, attorneys argue," by Stephen Rex Brown, New York Daily News, November 23, 2020
"Pandemic Pushes Debate Over Driver’s Licenses," by Chris Burrell, WGBH, November 16, 2020
"Justice system reform is impotent unless you eliminate racist practices," by Keir Bradford-Grey, WHYY, November 09, 2020
"Black Louisiana troopers were called 'monkey,' 'Django' by White colleagues, review finds," by Jim Mustian, The Advocate, October 30, 2020
"Retropolis: A White mob unleashed the worst Election Day violence in U.S. history in Florida a century ago," by Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, November 02, 2020
"Opinion: Economic struggles worsened under COVID-19 already existed under mass incarceration," by Ames Grawert and Terry-Ann Craigie, USA Today, October 29, 2020
"Duke study finds race matters for those sentenced to life without parole," by Brandon L. Garrett and Travis Seale-Carlisle, The News & Observer, October 27, 2020
"Report: Police Killing People of Color at Higher Rates Than White People," by Nathan Solis, Courthouse News Service, October 27, 2020
"When Does Murder Make The News? It Depends On The Victim’s Race.," by Beth Schwartzapfel, The Marshall Project, October 28, 2020
"83 former D.C. federal prosecutors support changes to address racial bias," by Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, October 26, 2020
"A knee on his neck," by Arelis R. Hernández, Washington Post, October 26, 2020
"Tackling Racial Disparity Called Key to Youth Justice Reform," by TCR Staff, The Crime Report, October 23, 2020
"Twitter Surveillance Startup Targets Communities Of Color For Police," by Sam Biddle, The Intercept, October 21, 2020
"As Floyd languished behind bars, a town and a private prison profited," by Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, October 19, 2020