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Racial Disparities in Arrests Grew During Coronavirus

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An analysis conducted by The Marshall Project identified racial disparities amongst arrest rates during the coronavirus. Although crime and arrest rates were down as many sheltered in place to avoid COVID-19 infection, arrest data from major U.S. cities suggests that racial disparities worsened in March and April. The data showed that arrests of white people dropped 17 percent more than arrests of black people, and 21 percent more than Hispanic people. Black residents were also more likely to be arrested for violating social distancing orders, and in New York City more than 80 percent of those arrested for violating orders were black. In major cities across Ohio, black residents were more than four times as likely to be charged with violating stay-at-home orders than white residents.

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