Eight Charts That Show How the Justice System Is Stacked Against Black Americans


AUG. 9 2015 12:11 PM
What It’s Like to Be Black in the Criminal Justice System
These eight charts suggest there are racial disparities at every phase of the justice system.
By Andrew Kahn and Chris


Michael Brown was killed, Americans have focused their attention on the harsh treatment of black Americans at the hands of police. A shocking number have been killed in encounters with police, in the year since Ferguson and in the years before. Thousands more have suffered subtler forms of discrimination in the criminal justice system, where social science research shows striking racial disparities at nearly every level—from arrest rates, to bail amounts, to sentence lengths, to probation hearing outcomes.