By Alan Jenkins
March 11th, 2008
Two important reports released in the last two weeks point to a critical challenge facing the next president and his or her attorney general, as well as states across the nation: fixing our broken criminal justice system to serve the interests of fairness, crime prevention and rehabilitation.First, the Pew Center on the States released a devastating report, One in 100: Behind Bars in America, finding that more than one in every 100 adults is now incarcerated in a US prison or jail. The numbers are 1 in 54 for men, 1 in 36 for Latino men, and 1 in 15 for African-American men.
A week later, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination released its review of U.S. compliance with an important treaty on the elimination of discrimination. The committee found that racial bias affects many U.S. systems and institutions and, particularly, our criminal justice system.
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