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Cynthia Jones

Cynthia Jones is a professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law where she teaches courses in Evidence, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and a seminar on “Race, Crime and Politics.” Jones served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frank E. Schwelb of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and worked as an associate at the law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro and Morin. In addition to serving as a public defender, she was also the Executive Director of the Public Defender Service and the Deputy Director of the D.C. Pretrial Services Agency. Jones received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and her law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Written By Cynthia Jones
October 24, 2012

Confronting Race in the Criminal Justice System

This article explores some of the legal barriers that prevent defendants from presenting evidence of racial disparities as a means of seeking relief from government action in criminal cases and discusses the innovative work of the Racial Justice Improvement Project, an ABA Criminal Justice Section initiative designed to reform policies and practices that produce racial disparities in local criminal justice systems.