quarta-feira, 26 de setembro de 2012

Desigualdade racial

"Despite numerous studies depicting similar levels of participation by Whites, African-Americans, and Hispanics in non-violent crimes – notably drugs, weapon possession, and speeding - Bureau of Justice statistics show minorities are arrested and incarcerated at higher rates for these crimes. Because these minority communities are seen as high crime areas, police focus on these neighborhoods. Not surprisingly, minorities are besieged with recurrent police contact leading to extensive criminal records for even minor non-violent crimes. I’m frequently invited to speak at New York City schools in some of these same neighborhoods, and I hear stories from youth who have regular contact with the criminal justice system, whether they have parents or siblings who are incarcerated or they are themselves stopped by police officers."

Innocence Project