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  • ACLU Report Indicates Racial Bias in Marijuana Arrests

    Posted Jun 21st, 2013 By in Criminal Law, Marijuana and Pot Shops With | Comments Off on ACLU Report Indicates Racial Bias in Marijuana Arrests

    Last week, you might have seen my Facebook post about how in California, split sentencing is extremely dependent on geography. To continue highlighting some of the demographic injustice in law enforcement, the ACLU this month released its report, “”The War on Marijuana in Black and White: Billions of Dollars Wasted on Racially Biased Arrests.”

    The report indicates a significant racial bias in marijuana arrests, particularly for black Americans: They are 3.7 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites. In addition, the report also suggested questionable allocation of law enforcement resources, with marijuana arrests comprising nearly half of all drug arrests.

    According to the ACLU’s report, these figures aren’t just unfair–they’re getting worse, when observed in historical context:

    The findings show that while there were pronounced racial disparities in marijuana arrests 10 years ago, they have grown significantly worse. In counties with the worst disparities, Blacks were as much as 30 times more likely to be arrested. The racial disparities exist in all regions of the U.S., as well as in both large and small counties, cities and rural areas, and in both high- and low-income communities. Disparities are also consistently high whether Blacks make up a small or a large percentage of a country’s overall population.

    While inequities in our law enforcement system are inevitable, we can at least take solace in the fact that groups like the ACLU and criminal defense attorneys are available to raise awareness and protect the constitutional rights of Americans who might be unjustly targeted by law enforcement.

    If you have a drug-related legal issue, call Jake Brower for a free consultation, at 714-547-4000 or fill how his contact form here.

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