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Stanford Criminal Justice Center Report Finds California Prosecutors Do Not Reflect the State's Diversity

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Margaret Hagan
Jul 28 2015
Research, Stanford

While detailed information about the race and gender of law enforcement officers in the United States has been available for decades and has prompted many police departments to diversify their workforces, there has been virtually no publicly available information to answer the question of how representative prosecutors are of the communities they serve. Until now.

Stanford Law School students worked with the Stanford Criminal Justice Center to make the demographics of California prosecutors available for the first time. Data that the team gathered from prosecutors' offices in 52 of California's 58 counties, representing nearly 98 percent of the state's population, found that whites, who comprise slightly more than 38 percent of the state's population, hold nearly 70 percent of prosecutors' jobs.

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