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Race and the Justice System
Last Featured: 12/10/2007

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Several high-profile court cases around the country are raising racial tensions. Some human rights organizations say the example of the Jena 6, the story of Martin Lee Anderson and other cases show how a range of policies are working together to unfairly channel black men and boys into the criminal justice system at younger ages and for minor offenses. But some say there’s a lot of gray in between the black and white of race and justice in America. Join us for this edition of Justice Talking as we take a look at race and the justice system.

The School-to-Prison Pipeline
Host Margot Adler speaks with lawyer Damon Hewitt on why schools are increasingly calling the police.

Damon Hewitt is an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where he founded the “Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline” initiative, which challenges racial disparities that lie at the intersection of the education system and the criminal justice system.

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The Principal Predicament
Host Margot Adler talks to school superintendent Paul Vallas about how school officials are caught in the crossfire.

Paul Vallas is the superintendent of the New Orleans Recovery School District. He was formerly the CEO for the Philadelphia and Chicago school districts.

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The Case of Genarlow Wilson
Host Margot Adler speaks with Georgia Public Broadcasting reporter Valarie Edwards about the controversial case wherein Genarlow Wilson's 10-year sentence was overturned after it was ruled to constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

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Debate: Do Prosecutors Have Too Much Discretion?
Host Margot Adler discusses prosecutorial power with law professor Angela J. Davis and district attorney James Fox.

Angela J. Davis is a professor of law at the American University Washington College of Law. She is the author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor.

James Fox is the president of the National District Attorneys Association. He is also the district attorney for San Mateo County, California.

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Cocaine: Crack vs. Powder Sentencing
Host Margot Adler talks to professor Douglas Berman about disparities in sentencing and recent changes to the law.

Douglas Berman is the William B. Saxbe Designated Professor of Law at Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law, where he specializes in criminal law and criminal sentencing. He also authors the blog Sentencing Law and Policy.

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A Cop’s Point of View
Producer Viet Le went to the 19th Police District in West Philadelphia and spoke with Lieutenant Sandra Russell. He asked Russell, an African-American, what she thought about the sometimes-strained relations between the black community and law enforcement.

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Commentary: Race and Society
Writer and commentator John McWhorter shares his thoughts on race and society.

John McWhorter is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where he writes extensively on race, ethnicity and cultural issues for the Institute's Center for Race and Ethnicity. He also writes a regular column in the New York Sun.

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Gall v. U.S. (2007)
Kimbrough v. U.S. (2007)
U.S. v. Booker (2005)
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Equal Justice Initiative
Human Rights Watch
National District Attorneys Association blog on Talking Justice
Bryan Fair - University of Alabama School of Law - on the Jena 6
Crack In America: Demon Drugs and Social Justice
by Craig Reinarman and Harry G. Levine (editors)
Deconstructing the School-to-Prison Pipeline: New Directions for Youth Development, No. 99
by Johanna Wald and Daniel J. Losen (editors)
Race And Juvenile Justice
by Everette B. Penn, Helen Taylor Greene, and Shaun L. Gabbidon (editors)
Right to Be Hostile: Schools, Prisons, and the Making of Public Enemies
by Erica R. Meiners
The Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America
by Samuel Walker, Cassia Spohn, and Miriam DeLone
Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America
by John McWhorter
Employment Discrimination Post-Ledbetter
The Women's Equality Amendment
International Adoptions