Representation on the Bench

California State Attorney General Kamala Harris,”The system is failing us and crying out for reform. It’s an extreme burden to us in terms of public safety and our budget.”

For cases in which a charge could be brought that carried a mandatory penalty, prosecutors were more likely to offer White defendants a negotiated plea below the mandatory minimum than African American or Latino defendants (United State Sentencing Commission, 1991)

Prosecutors have prosecuted Black men, hiding evidence the real killers were white (Chicago Tribune investigative reporters Armstrong & Possley, 1999)

For cases in which a charge could be brought that carried a mandatory penalty, prosecutors were more likely to offer White defendants a negotiated plea below the mandatory minimum than African American or Latino defendants (United State Sentencing Commission, 1991)

Prosecutors have prosecuted Black men, hiding evidence the real killers were white (Chicago Tribune investigative reporters Armstrong & Possley, 1999)