Webinar: Policing Black Bodies II

Join Us July 14, 2020 4:00 pm ET for a Free Live Discussion

Policing Black Bodies II: Race + Pretrial Practices

Featuring Policing Black Bodies co-authors Drs. Angela Hattery and Earl Smith

Panelists: Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Executive Partner, Pretrial Justice Institute

Vincent Southerland, Executive Director, Center on Race, Inequality and the Law, NYU Law

Moderated by civil rights attorney Robert Patillo


The issues of racial bias and racial disparity are pervasive in the criminal legal system. One of the most pronounced is in the disproportionate impacts of race on pretrial practices. While the exact numbers vary from state to state and county to county, there are significant, persistent disparities in how Black and white individuals are treated in the early stages of a criminal case. From who is arrested and who is given a citation, to who is released on bail and who is detained, Black defendants fare far worse than their white peers. Risk assessment tools, hailed by many as a means to combat these unjust disparities, may in fact only exacerbate and entrench systemic inequities. With those detained pretrial more likely to plead guilty, be sentenced to incarceration, and receive longer jail and prison terms than their peers who remain at liberty, pretrial decision can define the entire trajectory of a case and of the future of the person who stands accused.

Join us on July 14th for a virtual discussion with sociologists Angela Hattery and Earl Smith, co-authors of Policing Black Bodies; Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Executive Partner at the Pretrial Justice Institute; and Vincent Southerland, Executive Director of NYU Law’s Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law for an important discussion on the ways in which systemic racism manifests itself in the pretrial process and how we can work towards change.  


Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm ET

Cost: Free

Registration is Required

If you have questions, please contact us at JFA@NACDL.org. Learn more at:  https://www.nacdl.org/Content/Race-and-the-Criminal-Justice-System-Series

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