Racial Disparities In Fresno Drug Policing

A new report reveals racial disparities in Fresno marijuana policing.

A recent study by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and the American Civil Liberties Union uncovers racial disparities in police stop and frisk for marijuana crimes in Fresno, California.

The study reveals that the possibility of black men in Fresno to be charged with marijuana possession is four times more than white men for the same crime.

The report states that “White people consume marijuana at similar rates to Black people and more than Latinos in the U.S.; yet Black and Latino people are disproportionately targeted by law enforcement for low-level marijuana possession infractions.”

The DPA analyzed a data on drug policing provided by the Fresno police department, and found out that 21.3 percent of people charged with marijuana possession are blacks, even though they make-up of just 7.7 percent of the city’s population. In contrast, only 19.3 percent of those charged are whites, which accounts for 30.3 percents of the city’s population.

The report stated that, “In 2010, black Californians were 2.2 times more likely than white Californians to be arrested for marijuana possession.”

Although the use of marijuana is almost legal in states like California, racial disparities in marijuana policing continue to worsen and more black men face mass incarceration.

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