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Race on Trial [electronic resource]

ABC News Productions
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Does the American justice system treat people differently based on their race? In this ABC News program, correspondent Michel Martin reports on the startlingly disparate outcomes of two almost-identical drug-related cases tried one after another in a Boston court. In one case, the judge sentenced an African-American defendant with no prior record to prison time on the insistence of the prosecution. In the other case, the prosecution asked for a sentence of drug rehabilitation as opposed to prison time for a white defendant with prior convictions. This provocative program offers a timely assessment of an unfortunately recurring problem in American courtrooms.
Release Date
2006
Run Time
23 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Rating
12 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Nov. 15, 2006.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Contents
  • Judge Questions Equal Justice (4:00)
  • Black Lawyers and Defendants Do Not Always Receive Equal Justice (3:59)
  • District Attorney Charged With Racism (2:01)
  • Racial Disparity in the Courtroom (4:17)
  • Racial Trends in Drug Arrests and Convictions (5:08)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006], c2002.
Publisher no.
30087 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
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Description
1 streaming video file (23 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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