TechTank: Laura Coates on Racial Inequities in Our Criminal Justice System

By Darrell West
Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 2:50 PM

Fairness is the bedrock principle of the American legal system. It is the standard to which we aspire and the basis of the rule of law. We want equity and justice for all regardless of background. Yet our legal system falls far short of this standard. Over the years, fundamental inequities in processes and outcomes have systematically disadvantaged our most vulnerable populations based on race and gender.

To discuss these important questions, we are pleased to be joined by a distinguished expert. Laura Coates is a senior legal analyst at CNN. She also hosts her own show on Sirius XM and has served as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School. And she now has a new book out from Simon and Schuster, Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor’s Fight for Fairness.

In this podcast, Brookings Vice President of Governance Studies Darrell West interviews Coates on her views of the criminal justice system, racial and gender inequities, and ways digital technologies are complicating the work of prosecutors, defenders, and suspects. The two also discuss ways to improve the legal system and overcome existing injustices.

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