Dispelling the Myth of Unwarranted Racial Disparities in Minnesota’s Criminal Justice System
Data consistently show a political narrative at odds with the facts
The prevailing narrative about race in Minnesota’s criminal justice system is that there are disproportionate numbers of black and white offenders within the criminal justice system to that of the general public, and that these differences represent “unwarranted disparities” which are born out of policies and practices that unfairly treat people of color more harshly.
The narrative has become foundational to nearly all criminal justice system policy development. If the narrative is based on misleading representations of the data, then the narrative represents a significant problem.
This analysis attempts to answer whether…