The news is out: [Blacks and Latinos sent to prison in Massachusetts receive longer sentences than their White counterparts sentenced for similar crimes, says a new report by Harvard Law School researchers.
They’re also more likely than White people to get arrested and convicted on drug and weapons charges.
“People of color are overrepresented across all stages of the criminal system relative to their share of population in the state,” Felix Owusu, a research fellow at the university’s Criminal Justice Policy Program and an author of the report, told The Harvard Gazette on Thursday.
The release of “Racial Disparities in the Massachusetts Criminal Justice System” coincides with America’s racial reckoning stemming from the police killings of George Floyd and other Black Americans. So the findings shouldn’t be surprising.]
Just like the other states.