Drugs and Race Explored in New Haven
A panel convened by People Against Injustice in New Haven asked whether the drug war is really a race war. There's little dispute that the drug war has had a disproportionate impact on nonwhite offenders.
[W]hile black and Latino men make up just 6 percent of the state's population, they comprise more than 70 percent of the prison population. Is that because they are more criminal?
Not really, said Cliff Thornton, director of Efficacy, a drug reform group in Hartford and Green Party candidate for governor. "Blacks and whites are arrested on drug charges in equal numbers," he said, "but at every stage in the criminal justice process, the ratio of people of color who are caught in the system goes up."
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