Report on justice system’s race disparities made public

Report on justice system's race disparities made public The preliminary report on whether racial disparities exist in South Dakota' state criminal justice system was made available to the public Friday on the state's Internet site.

The Government Research Bureau at The University of South Dakota will continue its work, conducting a second round of research that is scheduled for completion in December 2003.

To read the researchers' preliminary report, visit the state's Internet site at www.state.sd.us and click on the link for Justice in South Dakota: Does Race Make A Difference?

Gov. Bill Janklow contracted the research bureau in 2001 to conduct the study. The researchers concluded that they need to further study the issue to determine whether or not individuals of different races are being treated differently when the circumstances of their criminal cases are otherwise similar.

The researchers plan to look at about 400 individual cases during the next year.

The Web site for the report includes addresses to which citizens can send written suggestions and comments about the study by email and letter to the researchers.

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