Racial Disparity in Pretrial Practices

Issues of racial bias and racial disparity are pervasive in the criminal legal system. One of the most pronounced is the disproportionate number of persons of color who are detained pretrial. Steps must be taken to address these disparities on the individual case and systemic levels. Part of NACDL's Mission is to address racial disparities in the criminal legal system.

NACDL Race Matters

In September 2017 NACDL held its first Race Matters Conference, bringing together academics, researchers, policy organizations, and the defense bar to discuss issues of race in the criminal legal system and to share ways to challenge its insidious effects.
Speakers: Brandon Buskey, (ACLU) and Colette Tvedt (Tvedt Law) on Race and Bail. 

Tools, Research, and Data on Racial Disparities in Pretrial Practices

Incarceration Trends Tool, Vera Institute for Justice
"Give Us Free": Addressing Racial Disparities in Bail Determinations, Cynthia E. Jones, Legislation and Public Policy (2013)
Racial Bias in Bail Decisions, Arnold, Dobbie, and Yang, Quarterly Journal of Economics (2018)
Unequal Treatment: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Miami-Dade Criminal Justice, ACLU of Florida, Greater Miami report on racial disparity in bond and pretrial detention (2018)

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