DA Underhill’s efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities highlighted in Portland Tribune article

An article published in the March 2, 2017, edition of the Portland Tribune calls attention to the efforts of District Attorney Rod Underhill and the entire Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office to reduce racial and ethnic disparities within the local criminal justice system.  The article quotes DA Underhill, saying that efforts to combat implicit bias in his office have “been a very intentional and important part of what we’ve been doing for a while, with an increased emphasis in the last 12 months.”  The results of these efforts are evident in the data being collected.  Criminal Justice Analyst Amanda Lamb authored a memo stating that she “would conclude that the rate of prison sentences for people of color has fallen to nearly match the rate for white defendants, significantly reducing the disparity in prison sentences.”

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