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April 11, 2008 Sensitive well-balanced treatment of why we have racial disparities in CJ Mark Bower o Written version of his testimony to a committee of the American bar association, that related to sentencing o Talks about race and class in sentencing o Evidence of racism on part of judges is rare for ordinary crimes o Two cases stick out o Capital punishment – blacks convicted of killing whites usually get death penalty throughout US o The war on drugs – also war on constitution Non-violent drug related offenses, looking at drug crimes, judges use discretion differently BJS figures Statistics on prisons o Prison populations (cont.) o Rates (cont.) Women by state (cont.) (top four and bottom two): Oklahoma: 129; As of Dec 31 st 2006, 129 out of 100,000 Oklahoma women found themselves in an Oklahoma prison Louisiana: 108; As of Dec 31 st 2006, 108 out of 100,000 Louisiana women in found themselves in Louisiana prison Idaho: 106; As of Dec 31 st 2006, 106 out of 100,000 Idaho women found themselves in Idaho prison
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