Persistent racial disparities are a defining characteristic of the American criminal justice system. Of the 1.6 million people serving prison sentences of longer than a year, 60 percent are African American or Latino. More broadly, it is a principal driver of inequality in all its forms: it depresses economic opportunity and mobility, compromises educational opportunities, and strips people of the right to participate in our democracy.
The Brennan Center fights for a rational, effective, and fair justice system to help fix these racial disparities. Reducing unnecessary incarceration and ending policies that disproportionately hurt communities suffering from inequality will allow government to spend more money on education and job training for communities of color and empower these communities to protect their homes and families in court.
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