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Study: African Americans Face Widespread Jury Exclusion in US South

HeadlineJun 02, 2010

A new study says African Americans and other people of color continue to face discriminatory exclusion from jury service across the US South. The Equal Justice Initiative says a review of jury selections in eight Southern states found “hundreds people of color called for jury service have been illegally excluded.” The discrimination was found to be particularly widespread “in serious criminal cases and capital cases.” The study says it found evidence that some prosecutors have been trained to exclude people of color from juries and to evade anti-discrimination laws. Among the areas cited in the study are Houston County, Alabama, where eight out of ten African Americans jurors were removed from death penalty cases. In Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, there were virtually no African Americans jurors in 80 percent of criminal trials.

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