racial disparity

Leo Strine, courts.delaware.gov

The Access to Justice Commission’s Committee on Fairness will be hold a series of public hearings this year looking for way to deal with racial disparity of the criminal justice system in Delaware.  

Chief Justice Leo Strine told the Wilmington News Journal that the goal is to find common sense solutions.

The paper notes that while 22 percent of Delaware’s state population is African American nearly 60 percent of the prison population is black.  

Maryland News Connection

A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union found that African Americans in Maryland are almost three times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story:



          Delaware has become the first state to eliminate the statistical gap between African Americans and whites in the incidence of colorectal cancer.

            The new figures were released yesterday at Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center.

            Former Governor Ruth Ann Minner is credited with much of the early work, spearheading a cancer prevention task force that led in 2001 to the Delaware Cancer Consortium.