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Racial gap persists in criminal justice system

Criminal justice reform advocates in Tennessee and across the country have highlighted racial disparities in incarceration rates, noting that the legal system has been unfair to black Americans. These racial gaps have continued decades after the end of Jim Crow segregation, exacting devastating effects on communities of color. One study finds a reason for optimism in the declining gap in racial incarceration rates. However, the gap persists, and there are other serious issues for concern, experts note.

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