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"Cities Looking To Reform Police Traffic Stops To Combat 'Fishing Expeditions'," by Eric Westervelt, NPR, April 16, 2021
"When I was 12, I was charged with menacing with a deadly weapon. The killing of Adam Toledo is a reminder of my White privilege.," by Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, April 18, 2021
"'Batson' Review Already Underway by Chief Judge’s Justice Task Force," by Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick and Deborah A. Kaplan, New York Law Journal, April 12, 2021
"A Second Look," by Jacob Biba, The Intercept, March 28, 2021
"Coded Bias," by Coded Bias, PBS's Independent Lens, March 21, 2021
"Houston's Drug Busts Have a Clear Target: People of Color," by Jerry Iannelli, The Appeal, March 26, 2021
"“Stranger Fruit”: Black Mothers and the Fear of Police Brutality," by Morgan Hornsby, The Marshall Project, March 22, 2021
"Even Where Weed Is Legal, Cops Still Mostly Arrest Black and Brown People," by Katie Way, VICE, March 19, 2021
"Philly civil rights attorneys seek to end stop-and-frisk for ‘quality of life’ offenses," by Aaron Moselle and Ryan Briggs, WHYY, March 19, 2021
"In City After City, Police Mishandled Black Lives Matter Protests," by Kim Barker, Mike Baker and Ali Watkins, New York Times, March 20, 2021
"Study: Black girls disproportionately criminalized in Florida schools," by Lauren Verno and Hetal Gandhi, News 4 Jax, March 12, 2021
"Many Juvenile Jails Are Now Almost Entirely Filled With Young People of Color," by Eli Hager, The Marshall Project, March 08, 2021
"Study: 1 in 7 U.S. prisoners is serving life, and two-thirds of those are people of color," by Tom Jackman, Washington Post, March 02, 2021
"The Incalculable Debt That America Owes Black People," by Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, February 26, 2021
"In The Story Of U.S. Immigration, Black Immigrants Are Often Left Out," NPR, February 27, 2021