Black Lives Matter: Reducing Racial Disparities in Oregon's Criminal Justice System via Sentencing & Jury Reform
Date: Friday, July 10, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost & Registration: This webinar is free but you must register to attend.
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Featuring Jesse Wm. Brown, Salem
Moderated by Rosa Colquitt, Co-Chair, Oregon Delegation to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, and Chair, Democratic Party of Oregon Black Caucus / 1 Access to Justice Credit pending approval
• Dr. Colquitt will include remarks about the state of the Black Lives Matter movement in America.
As of January 2018, Black Oregonians were 380% more likely to be imprisoned than were whites—a disparity that would increase significantly if we were to include county jail data.
This webinar will discuss how we, as advocates, can try to persuade courts to address this alarming disparity throughout the judicial process with a particular focus on the sentencing stage by seeking a variety of forms of leniency for Black defendants.
Statistical analyses show that all other things being equal, Black people are significantly more likely to be indicted and convicted than are whites. The webinar will present concepts addressing grand jury and trial jury reform that would reduce the total numbers of indictments and convictions. These reductions would have the salutary effect of benefitting Black people significantly more frequently than whites, so they necessarily would shrink the racial disparities in county jail and state prison populations.
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*** CLE Credit pending approval. The webinar will be recorded and made available for viewing. ***