Implicit Bias & Jury Selection

From the Marshall Project:

       Toward accountability for implicit racial bias in jury selection. What happens when a prosecutor during jury selection rejects a person of color for a dubious reason that isn’t explicitly based on race? A handful of state judges across the country have recently signaled they are open to exploring how unconscious bias may affect jury selection and what ought to be done about it. In Washington, trial judges now must consider “implicit, institutional, and unconscious biases, in addition to purposeful discrimination.” In California and Connecticut, judicial task forces are studying the matter. And a ruling earlier this month in North Carolina, a state with a long history of racial discrimination in jury selection, offers some hope for reform. TMP’s Beth Schwartzapfel has our story. 

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