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Arrest Rates in U.S.

December 9th, 2014 at 11:04 am

racial profiling, Illinois criminal defense lawyer, Illinios defense attorney, According to a recent article published by a national news source, there is a significant difference in races represented when considering arrest rates in the United States. USA Today reportedly analyzed arrest rates of police departments across the country and found that many law enforcement agencies arrest and charge African Americans with crimes at significantly higher rates than other races. In fact, in many locations, the rates were at least three times higher and up to 10 times for African Americans. These statistics were not isolated to small towns or suburban areas, but included larger, more diverse cities as well, including Chicago.

Why the Disparity?

While the numbers may be relatively easy to measure and report on, the more difficult and more relevant concern is why they are so. Experts say the mere fact the the racial disparities in arrests exist does not address what causes them. The reasons could range from anything to police bias to being a result of the socioeconomic gaps that exist between people in many areas of the country. Regardless of the source, the mere fact that such a significant disparity exists in the high number of black people that are arrested, stopped, searched, and imprisoned compared to individuals of other races suggests a problem that deserves attention, especially in current times.

Some, including black citizens in certain towns across the country, are convinced the police are targeting their race over others. In those same communities, police and other law enforcement agencies have denied that allegation. They point to the fact that many criminal suspects who are arrested do not even live within the city, and some are even detained before police arrive on the scene of an alleged crime, which is evidence that police would have no hand in targeting the individual in question.

No Easy Explanation

The review conducted by USA Today reported seemingly telling statistics regarding police contact and corresponding racial disparity. It should be noted that their review did not include certain areas with only a small black population, or police agencies in certain states that had not reported complete arrest data to the FBI. The review did tend to show several other pieces of information, including that blacks are more likely to be arrested in almost every community for any crime, from serious to minor offenses. In addition, arrest rates show a more significant disparity in certain identifiable areas of the country, but the rates are uneven almost everywhere.

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If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, it is a good idea to consult with an experienced attorney who can protect your rights. Contact the experienced Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley today to schedule a consultation to discuss your matter. We serve clients in the Chicago area.

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