Jury Make-up Matters

A 2012 study by Duke University revealed what any minority-group member could already tell you: all-white juries convict black men more than they convict white men.  When at least one minority citizen is on the jury, the conviction rates become equal.  The researchers examined more than 700 non-capital felony criminal cases from 2000-2010.

The findings show that in cases with no blacks in the jury pool, blacks were convicted 81 percent of the time, and whites were convicted 66 percent of the time.  About 40 percent of the jury pools examined had no black members and most of the others had one or two black members. To read the study, please visit this Web site.


Posted: August 22, 2014

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