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  •  Is the ratio any different for other arrests? (0+ / 0-)

    I.e. does being black put you at 4X the risk of being arrested for pretty much anything (compared to a white person who is doing the same thing), or is there something special about marijuana? I imagine it might be hard to get control data about a lot of other types of arrests because there aren't the same kind of surveys like the ones asking people if they have used pot recently. This quote seems significant though:

    “Whenever federal funding agencies encourage law enforcement to meet numerical arrest goals instead of public safety goals, it will likely promote stereotype-based policing and we can expect these sorts of racial gaps,” Professor Goff said.
    •  a good question, and probably in old weird america (1+ / 0-)
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      such statistics are likely to be found imo...and relevant policies should be reexamined if so.

      Good quote too, thank you for your comment, sorry I didn't see it when my computer and or the site was working at the same time to rec it..

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 04:16:13 PM PDT

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