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"CRACK VS. HEROIN
An unfair system arrested millions of blacks, urged compassion for whites," by Shannon Mullen, Lisa Robyn Kruse, Austin Bogues, and Andrew J. Goudsward,, Asbury Park Press NJ, December 09, 2019
"States imprison black people at five times the rate of whites — a sign of a narrowing yet still-wide gap," by Katie Mettler, Washington Post, December 04, 2019
"People Of Color Receive The Harshest Punishments, and The Disparities Are Growing ," by Vaidya Gullapalli, The Appeal, December 04, 2019
"Report: Racial divide shrinks in US criminal justice system," by Don Thompson, Associated Press, December 03, 2019
"Black victims underrepresented in named violent crime laws," by Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press, December 03, 2019
"The Growing Racial Disparity in Prison Time," by Weihua Li, The Marshall Project, December 03, 2019
"Community Policing Is Not The Answer," by Philip V. McHarris, The Appeal, December 02, 2019
"Report: Mississippi Laws Cause ‘Extreme’ Prison Sentences," by The Associated Press, New York Times, November 19, 2019
"Civil Rights Groups Sue Mississippi Prosecutor For Illegally Striking Black Jurors," by Kira Lerner, The Appeal, November 18, 2019
"The FBI Spends a Lot of Time Spying on Black Americans," by Alice Speri, The Intercept, October 29, 2019
"Cities with more black residents rely more on traffic tickets and fines for revenue," by Akheil Singla, Chicago Tribune, October 21, 2019
"As Philadelphia aims to curb racial disparities, why are police stops of black drivers skyrocketing?," by Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer, October 14, 2019
"Google Is Coming for Your Face," by Malka Older, The Nation, October 14, 2019
"'LA Times' Analysis: LAPD Searches Blacks And Latinos More," by Rachel Martin, NPR, October 09, 2019
"Border Patrol agent accused of 'textbook racial profiling'," by David Sharp, WRAL.com, October 07, 2019