Juries and Justice

Number 18557
Subject Minorities
Source Chicago Reporter
State IL
Year 2001
Publication Date April, August
Summary In a two-part series the Chicago Reporter examines "the racial composition of juries in Cook County, and how the racial make-up of juries might affect their verdicts." The first part reveals that whites and suburbanites are selected to serve on juries in numbers disproportinately high, according to demographic analysis of the county's population. The major finding in the second part is that all-white juries more often reached guilty verdicts for black defendants than juries that included at least three people from mostly black neighborhoods.
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Keywords judges;prosecutors;courts;litigation;crime;Illinois Appellate Court;the Cook County Public Defender;low income;poverty;racial disparity;CAR;Database Mapping Project
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