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"Race, Mass Incarceration, and the Disastrous War on Drugs," by Nkechi Taifa, Brennan Center for Justice, May 10, 2021
"Opinion: Would a woman have been sentenced to prison for illegal voting if she were White? Unlikely.," Washington Post, May 09, 2021
"How NYPD’s Vice Unit Got Prostitution Policing All Wrong," by Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica, May 03, 2021
"Idaho Governor Signs Bill To Ban Critical Race Theory In Schools," by James Dawson, NPR, May 01, 2021
"Psychiatry Confronts Its Racist Past, and Tries to Make Amends," by Judith Warner, New York Times, April 30, 2021
"Black Cops Fear Menthol Ban Will Bring Heavy Police Crackdown," by Ayanna Alexander, Bloomberg Law, April 30, 2021
"Biden’s Sky-High Promises on Racial Justice," by Lisa Lerer, New York Times, April 24, 2021
"N.A.A.C.P. Leader Says ‘a Few Checks’ Can’t Fix Structural Racism," by David Gelles, New York Times, April 23, 2021
"Cities Looking To Reform Police Traffic Stops To Combat 'Fishing Expeditions'," by Eric Westervelt, NPR, April 16, 2021
"When I was 12, I was charged with menacing with a deadly weapon. The killing of Adam Toledo is a reminder of my White privilege.," by Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, April 18, 2021
"'Batson' Review Already Underway by Chief Judge’s Justice Task Force," by Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick and Deborah A. Kaplan, New York Law Journal, April 12, 2021
"A Second Look," by Jacob Biba, The Intercept, March 28, 2021
"Coded Bias," by Coded Bias, PBS's Independent Lens, March 21, 2021
"Houston's Drug Busts Have a Clear Target: People of Color," by Jerry Iannelli, The Appeal, March 26, 2021
"“Stranger Fruit”: Black Mothers and the Fear of Police Brutality," by Morgan Hornsby, The Marshall Project, March 22, 2021