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America’s Disappeared Black Men

May 25, 2015
Black men are being disappeared from society as a result of systemic racial bias in the U.S. criminal justice system, writes The Sentencing Project's Jeremy Haile in Telesur.

In a commentary on Telesur, Jeremy Haile, Federal Advocacy Counsel at The Sentencing Project, explains that black men are being disappeared from society as a result of systemic racial bias in the U.S. criminal justice system. From the drug war to policing to arrests and sentencing, he writes, “racial bias — often implicit — influences all the major actors in the criminal justice system, including police, prosecutors, judges, and juries, as it does in all other areas of American life.”

“Mike Brown. Eric Garner. Walter Scott. Freddie Gray. These are the names of black men from around the United States who have disappeared from this world in the past year due to tragic encounters with police. But they are only the most visible examples of men who have gone missing as a result of deeply flawed criminal justice system in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of other black men are disappeared from everyday life because they are incarcerated in prisons and jails.”

Read the full commentary on Telesur.

 
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