quinta-feira, 17 de maio de 2018

Disparidades 5

New data from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (NYS DCJS) highlights the racial disparities that continue to plague our criminal justice system, particularly in the case of marijuana possession. In 2014, New York City decided it would no longer arrest people for low-level marijuana possession. Despite this decision, the NYS DCJS data—which tracks New York Police Department (NYPD) arrest statistics for the first three months of 2018 and includes comparative data for January-March of 2016 and 2017—shows that many people, mainly black and Latino people, are still being arrested.
Ninety-three percent of the people arrested by the NYPD for marijuana possession in January-March of 2018 were New Yorkers of color. Of the 4,081 arrests for criminal possession of marijuana, only 287 of those arrested were white people, compared to 2,006 black people and 1,621 Latino people.