New Report: Blacks 13 Times More Likely to Get Arrested for Weed in New York

New Report: Blacks 13 Times More Likely To Get Arrested For Weed In New York

New data obtained from public records requests by found large racial disparities in marijuana arrests, even as law enforcement priorities shift. The numbers echo previous findings that decriminalization (and even legalization) do little to combat racial disparities when enforcing cannabis laws.Out of the 25 states where data wascollected, New York had the largest racial disparity. Black New Yorkers are 13 times more likely than whites to be arrested for possession. “The bulk of arrests in New York State occur in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan boroughs that make up New York City,” reported 2014, the NYPD announced a new policy of not arresting people for low-level cannabis possession of 25 grams or less. The move followed former Brooklyn district attorney Ken Thompson’s decision to stop prosecuting low-level marijuana cases. Marijuana arrests dropped 56 percent from 2014 to 2015.But then, cannabis arrests shot back up. The first half of 2016 saw...

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