Race and the Justice System

Race and the Justice System

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 The last decade has seen the rise of the black district attorneys and prosecutors across the United States. Kamala Harris in San Francisco, Norman Early in Denver, Seth Williams in Philadelphia, Craig Watkins in Dallas are just some of the DA’s changing the face of prosecutors across the country. But if justice is colorblind does it make a difference if the prosecutor is black or white? Although blacks account for only 12 percent of the U.S. population, 44 percent of all prisoners in the United States are black. African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites according to the sentencing project. The National Black Prosecutors Association had its 27th annual conference in San Francisco recently. Carmen Lineberger is the president of the NBPA