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Black Americans Say Criminal Justice System is Racially Biased, National Problem

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According to a new report by the Pew Research Center, black Americans are much more likely than white Americans to say the criminal justice system is racially biased and a national problem.

Research showed 87 percent of black adults believe the criminal justice system treats blacks less fairly than whites, but only 61 percent of white adults agree.

Black and white adults also differ across a range of other criminal justice-related subjects, from crime and policing to the use of computer algorithms in parole decisions, the authors noted.

For instance, black adults in the U.S. previously expressed more concern for crime than their white counterparts. In a survey sent out last year by Pew, three-quarters of blacks said violent crime was a very big problem in the country, meanwhile, only 46 percent of white people agreed.

More, previous research showed blacks and whites disagree on police officers and the work they do.

A 2017 survey asked Americans to “rate police officers and other groups of people on a “feeling thermometer” from 0 to 100, where 0 represents the coldest, most negative rating and 100 represents the warmest and most positive. Black adults gave police officers a mean rating of 47; whites gave officers a mean rating of 72.”

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