crime and justice

By Joshua Russell A recent article in the Washington Post showed a map of “the most racist parts” of the United States. This map was determined by data from Google, who had tracked the frequency of searches for a particular racial slur in media markets across the country. Markets that had a higher search rate…

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Yesterday, February 8th, Senator Jim Webb introduced again the National Criminal Justice Commission Act.  The legislation, meant to create a bipartisan commission tasked with reviewing the entire criminal justice system and making recommendations for reform, nearly passed into law in December but failed to make it through the Senate. The criminal justice system continues to grow…

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Such a stark disparity has contributed to a criminal justice system which fosters disproportionate punishments mostly affecting African American communities. For example, in 2007 African Americans were only 25% of crack users, but represented 81% of those convicted for crack offenses.