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"Bail Reform and Racial Justice," by TCR Staffe, The Crime Report, January 18, 2021
"Why Police Diversity Won’t Fix the Problems of Policing," by Jennifer Cobbina and Alex S. Vitale, The Crime Report, January 18, 2021
"After Capitol riot, Biden backs domestic terror law. It's a predictably misguided response.," by Hina Shamsi and Manar Waheed, NBC News, January 15, 2021
"White Terrorism Often Leads to Harsher Punishment for People of Color," by Eli Hager, The Marshall Project, January 14, 2021
"Racial Double Standard of Capitol Police Draws Outcry," by John Eligon, New York Times, January 08, 2021
"Reflecting On A Year Of Protests For Racial Justice," by Jon Collins, NPR, January 02, 2021
"What 2020 taught us about race and class in America," by Vanessa Williams, Washington Post, January 01, 2021
"Virginia Judge Won’t Try Black Man in Courtroom Lined With White Portraits," by Derrick Bryson Taylor, New York Times, January 02, 2021
"Va. judge rules Black defendant can’t get a fair trial in courtroom largely featuring portraits of White judges," by Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, December 22, 2020
"Racial Disparities Found in Police Enforcement of Warrants," by TCR Staff, The Crime Report, December 21, 2020
"Racism Tainted Julius Jones' Murder Conviction. He's on Death Row Anyway.," by Gabrielle Caplan and Kathleen Caulderwood, VICE News, December 10, 2020
"Commentary: Diverse juries are a strength of our justice system. This new law will make sure they’re selected.," by Pat Ford, The San Diego Union-Tribune, December 04, 2020
"What 'Edwards V. Vannoy' Case Means For People Convicted By Jim Crow Jury," NPR, December 04, 2020
"Manhattan federal prosecutors wrongly relied on white grand juries in Westchester, attorneys argue," by Stephen Rex Brown, New York Daily News, November 23, 2020
"Pandemic Pushes Debate Over Driver’s Licenses," by Chris Burrell, WGBH, November 16, 2020