Racial Fairness in the Criminal Justice System: The Role of the Prosecutor

Posted: 2 Dec 2009

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Angela J. Davis

American University - Washington College of Law

Date Written: Fall 2007

Abstract

In this article, Davis analyzes discusses efforts to involve prosecutors in the elimination of racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Part II explains how prosecutors unintentionally contribute to disparities through the arbitrary, unsystematic exercise of discretion. Part III argues that the U.S. Supreme Court has failed to provide an effective legal remedy for victims of race-based selective prosecution. Finally, in Part IV, Davis endorses the use of racial impact studies and task forces and discusses a model reform effort spearheaded by the Vera Institute of Justice.

Keywords: Prosecutor, Racial Justice, Prosecutorial Misconduct, Race-based prosecution, criminal justice, criminal defense

Suggested Citation

Davis, Angela J., Racial Fairness in the Criminal Justice System: The Role of the Prosecutor (Fall 2007). Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Vol. 39, No. 202, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1515980

Angela J. Davis (Contact Author)

American University - Washington College of Law ( email )

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