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Racial Disparities and Criminal Justice: A Conversation with Cheri Beasley and Ted Shaw
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM
The evidence of differential treatment in the criminal justice system is overwhelming. According to the NAACP, Black and Hispanic individuals make up 32% of the population, but 56% those incarcerated. If Black and Hispanic individuals were incarcerated at the same rates as white individuals, prison and jail populations would decline by almost 40%. The problems that lead to these disparities are historically-rooted, systemic and ongoing.
Join the ABA's Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice for a discussion of racial disparities and the criminal justice system with former North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and former Director-General of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Ted Shaw. They will address the progress, backlashes, and personal cost of working to acknowledge and address discrimination in criminal justice, as well as guidance for future reform efforts.
- Cheri Beasley – Partner, McGuireWoods; Former Chief Justice, North Carolina Supreme Court
- Ted Shaw – Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights, University of North Carolina School of Law
- Malia Brink (Moderator) – Counsel for Indigent Defense, ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense
Joint Sponsor: ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense