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"Chicago’s Red-Light Cameras Raise Cost of Driving in Black Communities: Paper," by Andrea Cipriano, The Crime Report, January 11, 2022
"Application of Kentucky’s death penalty shows racial biases, new report says," by Jeremy Chisenhall, Lexington Herald-Leader, January 11, 2022
"Chicago’s “Race-Neutral” Traffic Cameras Ticket Black and Latino Drivers the Most," by Emily Hopkin and Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, January 11, 2022
"Black youths twice as likely to be referred to Virginia’s juvenile justice system, report finds," by Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, December 24, 2021
"Many juries in America remain mostly White, prompting states to take action to eliminate racial discrimination in their selection," by Emmanuel Felton, Washington Post, December 23, 2021
"Plea Bargaining and Racial Injustice," Fair Trials, December 06, 2021
"Many juries in America remain mostly White, prompting states to take action to eliminate racial discrimination in their selection," by Emmanuel Felton, Washington Post, December 19, 2021
"Wide disparities, high recidivism afflict Virginia’s juvenile justice system, report says," by Kate Masters, Virginia Mercury, December 13, 2021
"Alabama paroles drop further; releases lag for Black inmates," Associated Press, November 29, 2021
"Pa. should follow Philly’s lead and ban minor traffic stops that criminalize ‘driving while Black’," by Nila Bala and Maria Ponomarenko, The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 15, 2021
"Review: For Black kids, typical childhood behavior is often seen as a crime," by Robin Walker Sterling, Washington Post, November 12, 2021
"There’s No Second Amendment on the South Side of Chicago," by Sharone Mitchell Jr., The Nation, November 12, 2021
"Guest Post: We’ve been underestimating racial disparities in police use of lethal force," by John Shjarback and Justin Nix, Washington Post, November 12, 2021
"Race Neutral: North Carolina Appeals Courts Have Never Found That Prosecutors Discriminated Against Black Jurors. Two Cases Could Change That.," by Jacob Biba, The Intercept, November 08, 2021
"'Staggering' racial disparity in prisons in states with mostly white populations: report," by Christian Spencer, The Hill, October 25, 2021