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"Are Pretrial Risk Assessments Biased? The Debate Sharpens," by Ted Gest, The Crime Report, February 18, 2020
"Stop and frisk: SC Supreme Court splits on racial lines in case about cops and race," by John Monk, The State, February 13, 2020
"Racial Disparities In Communities And Courts," WSHU, February 03, 2020
"Implicit Bias Against Federal Latinx Defendants a Growing Problem: Paper," by TCR Staff, The Crime Report, February 10, 2020
"Judge who allegedly called a juror 'Aunt Jemima' off the bench in Pennsylvania," by David K. Li, NBC News, February 07, 2020
"Virginia can take a step toward racial justice with marijuana reform," by Brad Haywood and Sean Perryman, Washington Post, February 05, 2020
"Alabama Must Face Claims of Racial Bias in Judicial Elections," by Kayla Goggin, Courthouse News Service, February 04, 2020
"Black jurors were excused at trial. Did NC defendants suffer racial discrimination?," by Josh Shaffer, News and Observer, February 03, 2020
"Charleston police disproportionately pull over black drivers. Here’s the plan to fix it.," by Gregory Yee, The Post and Courier, January 28, 2020
"Here Are the Fare-Evasion Enforcement Data the NYPD Fought to Keep Secret," by Laura Wagner, Vice, January 29, 2020
"Harris County DA's Office Dropped Theft Case After Defense Attorney Alleges Race-Based Jury Selection," by Aaron Morrison, The Appeal, January 30, 2020
"Newly Democratic Virginia Legislature Hopes To Repeal Jim Crow-Era Laws," by Daniella Cheslow, NPR, January 27, 2020
"A Ball State University professor called the police on a student after he refused to move seats," by Leah Asmelash and Giulia McDonnell, CNN, January 24, 2020
"The Pa. State Police was warned about possible racial bias in car searches. The agency’s answer? End the research.," by Daniel Simmons-Ritchie and Angela Couloumbis, NPR, January 23, 2020
"A black defendant’s lawyer harbored such ‘extreme’ racist views that a court has granted his client a new trial," by Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, January 22, 2020