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Race on Trial [electronic resource]

ABC News Productions
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
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.
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23 min.
12 & up
  • 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.
  • 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)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006], c2002.
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30087 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (23 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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