Interagency Collaboration Jail Populations Racial Disparities May 14, 2015

Incorporating Racial Equity into Criminal Justice Reform

The Sentencing Project

There are few areas of American society where racial disparities are as profound and as troubling as in the criminal justice system. This briefing paper provides an overview of racial disparities in the criminal justice system and a framework for developing and implementing remedies for these disparities. It describes the rationale for incorporating racial equity as a goal of an overall criminal justice reform strategy, documents trends in racial disparity and assesses the various causal factors that have produced these outcomes, and identifies a selection of best practices for addressing disparities. Along with recommendations for implementation, it also provides a guide for establishing rigorous metrics for success.