Responding to Racial Disparities in the Justice System
June 25, 2015 | Publication | Criminal Justice
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A report by the Brennan Center for Justice pinpoints the drivers of racial disparities in the criminal justice system and identifies common sense reforms to reduce them. The report, supported by MacArthur through the Safety and Justice Challenge, reflects input from 25 criminal justice leaders. Recommendations include increasing public defense representation for misdemeanor offenses, encouraging prosecutors to prioritize serious and violent offenses, limiting the use of pretrial detention, and requiring training to reduce racial bias for all those involved in running our justice system.