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Week 3: Criminal Justice Reform
Today's Challenge: Policing
Welcome to week 3 of the 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge!
We’ve reached the half-way point and we encourage you to keep up the momentum to
Commit. Communicate. Educate. Act. 
Bias within the criminal justice system is not a new phenomenon, however, in recent months, the massive impact of these biases on communities of color has been highlighted by the news media and social media, creating a national movement around criminal justice reform. Today, we will learn about the history of policing in America and the damaging and often fatal effects of bias and over-policing. To start things off, consider these statewide numbers showing racial disparities in police arrests.

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The modern police force that we know today was created in the early 1900s, but its origins date back to the colonies. This resource has numerous podcasts, videos, and articles to help learn more about the complicated history of policing and how it has evolved to where it is today.
Stanford University researchers found that Black and Latino drivers were stopped more often than white drivers, based on less evidence of wrongdoing. Read this study to uncover the extent of this evidence, which is driven by racial bias.
Following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, The Washington Post began creating a database cataloging every fatal shooting nationwide by a police officer in the line of duty. It's updated almost daily. 
There is a correlation between areas of high implicit bias and the killing of people of color. Listen to this podcast from NPR about how data and implicit bias tests can help pinpoint where disproportionate shootings of minorities are most likely.

Interested in taking the Implicit Association Test or the IAT test yourself? Click HERE.

We Want to Hear from You! 

Since we are halfway through the 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge, we would appreciate if you would complete this survey and let us know your thoughts thus far. 

Click HERE for the 5 question survey!

Criminal Justice Reform Week Action Items

Consider this reentry program volunteer opportunity to help the recently incarcerated move into a successful life and become positive contributors to our community.

Since 2014, The Marshall Project has been curating some of the best criminal justice reporting from around the web. In these records you will find the most recent and the most authoritative articles on the topics, people and events that are shaping the criminal justice conversation. Explore this page full of videos, articles, etc., from various viewpoints on the prison system.
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