What comes to mind when you think of criminal justice? For Blacks, two words arise: Disparity and mistrust. The criminal justice system is responsible for protecting neighborhoods and building trust, but there is perhaps no other institution more devastating to Black children, families, and communities today. If current trends continue, 1 in 3 Black men and 1 in 18 Black women in the U.S. will spend some time in prison, removing a critical mass of workers, parents, brothers, sisters, friends, and voters from the Black community. In Washington State, the 18% share of Black people in prison is four times higher than their share in the state population. The release of a new study, “Creating an Equitable Future for Black Washingtonians”, uncovers this staggering research and much more. The study also identifies multiple solutions for improving opportunities for Blacks in our state. Download the Criminal Justice excerpt from the study, and learn how you can help us start the conversation to strengthen our state’s economic and civic future by visiting http://www.BlacksWA.org.
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