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Reducing Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System: A Manual for Practitioners and Policymakers

Reducing Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System: A Manual for Practitioners and Policymakers

Schrantz, Dennis, and Jerry McElroy. Reducing racial disparity in the criminal justice system: A manual for practitioners and policy makers. Washington, DC: Sentencing Project, 2000.

“The purpose of this manual is to present information on the causes of disparity and to examine what actions can be taken among criminal justice professionals to reduce disparity.” “We begin with an overview of some of the identified causes of racial disparity and explore how these are often manifested in the daily operations of the criminal justice system. The manual’s central focus is on the specific ways in which disparities may result from decision-making at various points in the criminal justice process, and the steps that can be taken by criminal justice agencies to counter those effects. It is designed for use as a reference manual for practitioners and offers strategies for assessing racial disparity. It also offers practices, procedures and policies to reduce disparity at each stage of the system.”

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Keywords: race, drugs, women, juvenile justice