Department of Justice Seeks Applications for $4.75 Million Grant
Date:  05-19-2014

Reducing racial bias in criminal justice system is goal of DOJ
On May 14, 2014 The Sentencing Project announced the following:

Department of Justice Initiative to Curb Racial Bias in Criminal Justice System

On April, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced an initiative to study and reduce racial bias in the criminal justice system. Noting the over-representation of young men of color among those arrested and incarcerated in the United States, Attorney General Eric Holder explained that racial disparities “tend to breed resentment towards law enforcement that is counterproductive to the goal of reducing crime.” The new initiative – the National Center for Building Community Trust and Justice – responds to President Obama’s call last July for the DOJ to reduce tensions between law enforcement and minority communities following the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. The Department is seeking applications for an initial $4.75 million grant. The program will collect data on police stops, searches, arrests, and case outcomes; implement and test strategies to “enhance procedural justice, reduce implicit bias, and support racial reconciliation” resulting from police work; and disseminate research to practitioners and the public.