Attorney General Holder: Justice Department to Collect Data on Stops, Arrests as Part of Effort to Curb Racial Bias in Criminal Justice System
The Department of Justice is launching an initiative to analyze and reduce the effect of racial bias within the criminal justice system. Through the new National Center for Building Community Trust and Justice, the Department will collect data regarding a broad range of areas in which fairness and trust can come into question-from stops and searches to wrongful convictions. By employing a data-driven approach that builds on the work of the Department's Smart on Crime initiative, this program will implement evidence-based strategies to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color. This new effort will be funded by an initial $4.75 million competitive grant award.