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  • Universities to study racial disparity in arrests in Portland, South Portland

    Portland Press Herald - 03/18/2021

    The University of Southern Maine’s Cutler Institute and Northeastern University’s Institute on Race and Justice will undertake a 12-month study of three years of policing data from each city to determine whether either department’s enforcement activities have been biased against people of color.

    Jack McDevitt, director of Northeastern’s Institute on Race and Justice, said he has conducted similar studies for other police departments in the United States, including in Seattle, Kansas, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont. He said his previous studies have shown that people of color are more likely to be searched and issued a citation, rather than a warning. McDevitt said he will partner with Carlos Cuevas, who just concluded a national study of Anti-Latinx hate crimes.

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