WEEK 3: CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

TODAY'S CHALLENGE: POLICING

Welcome to week 3 of the challenge, you've reached the halfway point! Take a moment to thank yourself for your commitment to racial justice!

Bias within the criminal justice system is not a new phenomenon, however, in recent years, the massive impact of these biases on communities of color has been highlighted in the media, creating a national movement around criminal justice reform. Today we will learn about the damaging and often fatal effects of bias and over-policing.


WE CHALLENGE YOU TO TAKE...

In communities across America where there is an increased racial bias, African-American fatalities, at the hands of police officers, are occurring at a rate that is disproportionate to their prevalence in that community. Read this article to see how data may be used to highlight the disproportionate brutality of African-Americans by police officers.
Researchers at Stanford University reported that there was less evidence of wrongdoing when Black and Latino drivers were stopped by police, compared to when White drivers were stopped. The following article infers the extent of racial profiling in the Black and Latino community by police officers.

Following the fatal shooting of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, The Washington Post began creating a database cataloging every fatal shooting nationwide by a police officer in the line of duty. Check it out.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
WEEKLY ACTION ALERT

LEVEL 1 :  Visit The Sentencing Project to get involved and take action in criminal justice reform. 

LEVEL 2 :  Since 2014,  The Marshall Project  has curated some of the best criminal justice reports from around the web. Included are the most recent and authoritative articles on the topics, people and events that are shaping the criminal justice conversation.

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