Judging the Jury

Number 21814
Subject Justice
Source WHDH-TV (Boston)
State MA
Year 2004
Publication Date Nov. 16, 17
Summary For the first time ever, reporters at WHDH-TV in Boston analyzed the racial makeup of federal juries in Massachusetts. What they found was that, in some cases, jury pools had no people of color whatsoever, which led to all white juries. According to their investigation, minorities remained underrepresented in the justice system as much as 50 percent of the time. The reason? Jury pools are chosen according to who responds to the town census. Because it is an unfunded mandate, many low income neighborhoods do a bad job of responding to the census, while the affluent neighborhoods fair much better. These are the neighborhoods with the highest returns and they are the ones repeatedly being called for jury duty.
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Pages 17
Keywords jury pools;voter registration;underrepresented minorities;racial makeup;town census;U.S. Census;FOIA
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