Similarly disturbing rates and practices were actually found throughout the American South in Georgia, North Carolina, and Alabama. The impact is staggering and often means the difference between life and death for those on trial.
Reprieve Australia, a group that opposes the death penalty and conducted the Caddo Parish study, said the likelihood of an acquittal rose with the number of blacks on the jury.
No defendants were acquitted when two or fewer of the dozen jurors were black. When there were at least three black jurors, the acquittal rate was 12 percent. With five or more, the rate rose to 19 percent. Defendants in all three groups were overwhelmingly black
Mind you, this damning study comes after it was determined that over 95 percent of the nation's more than 2,000 elected prosecutors are white—and nearly 80 percent are white men.
So, in a system that targets, arrests, imprisons, executes, and murders African Americans at outrageously disproportionate rates, it is now an indisputable fact that the prosecutors and juries are woefully and painfully stacked against any semblance of justice.
Make no mistake about it, this system is not accidental, but is as purposeful as it gets. Welcome to the New Jim Crow.
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