Articles Of Interest

Pretrial Criminal Justice Research

Pretrial criminal justice research commissioned by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) has thrown new light on how critical the earliest decisions made in the criminal justice system may be for public safety, fairness, and cost effectiveness.

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The Growing Racial Disparity in Prison Time

Criminal justice researchers say people of all races still aren’t treated equally when it comes to one important measure: time served behind bars. While arrest and prison admission rates are dropping for black people—in 2016, black people went to state prison at five times the rate of white people, down from eight times in 2000—they are spending longer in prison than their white peers.

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Racial Disparity in Sentencing

The long-standing racial disparity in rates of incarceration has begun to narrow in the early part of the 21st century, but a wide-ranging new study shows a stubbornly persistent inequality in the racial composition of the nation’s state prison systems.

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Gettin’ Out of Jail

Up to 88% of the people arrested in the city will be released without bail while their cases
are pending under changes to the state’s criminal justice laws coming on Jan. 1, according
to the state Office of Court Administration.

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