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"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
"Police Surveillance and Racial Justice," by James Van Bramer, The Crime Report, May 26, 2022
"Allegations of racial bias in a death penalty trial," by John Elwood, SCOTUSblog, May 20, 2022
"Fifty Years Ago, the Supreme Court Tried to Reduce Racial Bias in the Death Penalty. Did It Work?," by Austin Sarat, Slate, May 11, 2022
"Black Students in Illinois Are Far More Likely to Be Ticketed by Police for School Behavior Than White Students," by Jennifer Smith Richards and Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica and Chicago Tribune, May 06, 2022
"N.J.’s top court to weigh recommendations to reduce bias in jury selection," by Dana DiFilippo, New Jersey Monitor, May 02, 2022
"How a Race-Based Medical Formula Is Keeping Some Black Men in Prison," by Joseph Goldstein, New York Times, April 22, 2022
"Justice Department works to curb racial bias in deciding who's released from prison," by Carrie Johnson, NPR, April 19, 2022
"Viewpoints: How Anti-Prostitution and Sex Trafficking Laws Victimize People of Color," by Frances Steele, The Crime Report, April 15, 2022
"Felon voting ban is racially motivated and unconstitutional, NC judges rule," by Will Doran, The News & Observer, March 29, 2022
"Average felony bail in Duluth shows racial disparities, group says," by Jana Hollingsworth, Star Tribune, March 17, 2022
"NY Police Facial Recognition Program Slammed for Racial Bias," by TCR Staff, The Crime Report, March 16, 2022
"If the Kids Had Been White, Would Any of This Have Happened?," by Karim Doumar, ProPublica, February 15, 2022
"Death Penalty Stands Despite Racial Bias Claim in Jury Selection," by Bernie Pazanowski, Law360, February 14, 2022