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"Virginia traffic stop data show racial disparities," by Dave Ress, Richmond Times-Dispatch, August 02, 2023
"Report shows persistent racial disparities in Kentucky juvenile justice system," by Roberto Roldan, LPM, June 21, 2023
"Black Philadelphians are overrepresented at every stage of the criminal justice system, DA says," by Beatrice Forman, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 19, 2023
"How cars fuel racial inequality," by Marin Cogan, Vox, June 13, 2023
"Racial disparities in Philly prisons persist, despite 47% decline in incarcerated population," by Sammy Caiola, WHYY, March 23, 2023
"Plea Bargains Are a Tool of Racist Mass Incarceration," by Dan Canon, Truthout, January 29, 2023
"Race, Mass Incarceration, and the Disastrous War on Drugs," by Nkechi Taifa, Brennan Center for Justice, May 10, 2021
"California police more likely to stop, search Black teens," Associated Press, January 04, 2023
"Black, Hispanic drivers more likely to be stopped by police in Virginia," by Brittney Melton, WUSA9, October 11, 2022
"Justices won’t hear Black death row inmate’s claims of racially biased jurors," by Megan Butler, Courthouse News Service, October 11, 2022
"Black People ‘Seven Times More Likely’ to Suffer Wrongful Convictions: Study," by James Van Bramer, The Crime Report, September 27, 2022
"Jaywalking Sets Stage for Debate on Racial Justice, Pedestrian Safety," by TRC Staff, The Crime Report, July 14, 2022
"Women of Color Will Face More Criminalized Pregnancies in Post-‘Roe’ America," by Elizabeth Yuko, Rolling Stone, July 07, 2022
"Opinion: Suicide of man who spent youth in Rikers shows devastation of racially biased justice system," by Karyn Lacy, USA Today, June 08, 2022
"Washington justices: Race a factor in analyzing police stops," by Gene Johnson, Associated Press, June 10, 2022