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"To End the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Invest in Resources for Students," by Vaidya Gullapalli, The Appeal, September 09, 2019
"Utah officials want to let minority defendants raise issues of race and bias at their sentencing," by Jessica Miller, Salt Lake Tribune, September 06, 2019
"The algorithms that detect hate speech online are biased against black people," by Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, August 15, 2019
"Racism Tainted Their Trials. Should They Still Be Executed?," by Jack Brook, Marshall Project, August 07, 2019
"Muslims Are Over-Represented In State Prisons, Report Says," by Leila Fadel, NPR, July 25, 2019
"As Cameras Track Detroit’s Residents, a Debate Ensues Over Racial Bias," by Amy Harmon, New York Times, July 08, 2019
"In Los Angeles, only people of color are sentenced to death," by Sam Levin, The Guardian, June 18, 2019
"A Vermont Supreme Court Ruling on Marijuana and Traffic Stops Is a Landmark Victory for Racial Justice," by Mark Joseph Stern, Slate, January 08, 2019
"Inside the Philadelphia DA’s side hustle — selling seized homes to speculators and cops," by Ryan Briggs, WHYY, December 10, 2018
"How a Push to Legalize Pot in N.J. Became a Debate on Race and Fairness," by Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, November 28, 2018
"After Pittsburgh Decriminalized Pot, Black People Are Still Disproportionately Charged With Possession," by Joshua Vaughn, The Appeal, October 03, 2018
"Miami-Dade Police Give Most Pot Citations to White People, While Black People Are Jailed," by Meg O'Connor, Miami New Times, September 07, 2018
"Civil Rights Advocates Say Risk Assessment May ‘Worsen Racial Disparities’ in Bail Decisions," by Ted Gest, The Crime Report, July 31, 2018
"The End of Civil Rights," by Vann R. Newkirk II, The Atlantic, June 18, 2018