FROM James Forman, Jr
Racial Bias and America's Mass Incarceration The full story of the Trayvon Martin case may never be known, but it's raising important questions about America's justice system. Why do we imprison so many people — seven to 10 times more than any other developed country? Sixty percent of them are black or Latino. What's the role of racial bias?
Racial Bias and America's Mass Incarceration New facts are emerging in the case of Trayvon Martin , and the full story may never be known. But important questions are being raised about America's justice system. The United States has more people in prison than any place else in the world. Even televangelist Pat Robertson says we have too many people in prison, seven to 10 times as many proportionally as other developed countries. Sixty percent are black or Hispanic. We hear about violent crime, the war on drugs, and unconscious racial bias in the justice system.
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