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April 6, 2012 (The Guardian)

Incarcerated, with extreme prejudice

Columnist Sadhbh Walshe speculates that the widespread frustration over the fact that 17-year old Trayvon Martin's killer has not yet been arrested may be related to the color of his skin.

If the victim had been an unarmed white kid, she writes, the murderer would have been arrested; if the shooter had been a black man, there would be no question but that he would be in jail. There is, she says, “evidence aplenty to suggest that these are not wild imaginings.”

Walshe notes that The Sentencing Project compiled a report of numerous studies into racial disparity in sentencing spanning a 20-year period and found overwhelming evidence of racial discrimination against minority defendants.

The full article can be viewed here.

Issue Area(s): Racial Disparity