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[89WashLRev1425] Racial Impact Statements: Considering the Consequences of Racial Disproportionalities in the Criminal Justice System

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dc.contributor.author Erickson, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-14T17:03:56Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-14T17:03:56Z
dc.date.issued 2014-12
dc.identifier.citation 89 Wash. L. Rev. 1425 (2014) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0043-0617
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1420
dc.description Volume 89, Number 4, December 2014 en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract: The American criminal justice system is currently suffering from a dramatic increase in mass incarceration and staggering rates of racial disproportionalities and disparities. Many facially neutral laws, policies, and practices within the criminal justice system have disproportionate impacts on minorities. Racial impact statements provide one potential method of addressing such disproportionalities. These proactive tools measure the projected impacts that new criminal justice laws and policies may have upon minorities, and provide this information to legislators before they decide whether to enact the law. Four states currently conduct racial impact statements, and other states are considering adopting their own versions. The triggering circumstances and methods of collecting racial impact data differ among states, resulting in a great variety of racial impact statements that are actually completed. This Comment reviews current racial impact statements and suggests three improvements for states that are considering adopting them. First, racial impact statements should attach automatically to legislation without the prompting of legislators’ votes. Second, states should consider developing more thorough data collection standards. Finally, more effective racial impact legislation should ensure that lawmakers address racial disproportionalities by requiring legislators to follow additional procedures when disproportionate racial impacts are projected. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle: Washington Law Review, University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Comment en_US
dc.title [89WashLRev1425] Racial Impact Statements: Considering the Consequences of Racial Disproportionalities in the Criminal Justice System en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2014 by Washington Law Review Association. en_US

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