It’s not just interactions with the police. Courts are another step in a criminal justice system characterized by racialized misconduct. Based on hours of observation behind the doors of Chicago Cook County courthouse, sociologist Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve reveals rampant discrimination against black and Latino defendants. Watch the video →

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Americans are slowly waking up to the dire effects of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration, especially in disadvantaged neighborhoods and communities of color. The criminal courts are the crucial gateway between police action on the street and the processing of primarily Black and Latino defendants into jails and prisons. Read More →