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  • Stats on drug trafficking, race don’t back up Maine governor

    The Associated Press - 09/05/2016

    Broken down by type of offense, the data showed that blacks accounted for 35.5 percent of arrests for selling opium-derived drugs including heroin, morphine and cocaine, and 26 percent when synthetic narcotics including most prescription narcotics were included in the tally. The FBI doesn’t include a category for Hispanics in its statistics.

    Far from “90-plus percent,” the FBI figures could reflect even higher numbers of black offenders than reality because of small sample size, racial profiling and other factors, said Jack McDevitt, director of Northeastern University’s Institute on Race and Justice in Boston.

    Gia Barboza, a professor at Northeastern’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, described the governor’s “90-plus percent” figure as “laughable” and “completely inaccurate.”

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