Aired: August 25, 1996

The Shadow of a Doubt: Minorities and the Courts

The percentage of black inmates on death row is 10 times higher than that of whites. Penalties for possession or distribution of crack are much more severe than those for cocaine. Are these and similar facts mere coincidences? Or are they telling evidence of racism in the courts? Sociologists Helen Greene of Old Dominion University and James Nolan of Norfolk State University discuss the treatment of minorities by the judicial system, from the kangaroo courts of the segregated South to the high-profile trial of O.J.


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