Please contact your New Jersey Assembly member to vote yes on this important criminal justice reform. The vote is THURSDAY, MARCH 16. As below.
The drug war has produced profoundly unequal outcomes in New Jersey’s criminal justice system. We have the highest racial disparities within our incarcerated population in the nation. African Americans are incarcerated at a rate that is twelve times the incarceration rate of whites.
Even though rates of drug use and selling are comparable across racial lines, people of color are far more likely to be stopped, searched, arrested, prosecuted, convicted and incarcerated for drug law violations than are whites. But this Thursday, March 16, the NJ Assembly will vote on a bill that would reduce these unfair disparities by requiring racial and ethnic impact assessments for legislation. Click here to urge your Assemblymembers to support this crucial criminal justice reform.