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The Color of Inequality Part 2: Race, Place, and Crime

From the days of Frank Rizzo’s controversial tenure as Philadelphia Police Commissioner from 1968-1971 to the notorious 1985 MOVE bombing by Philadelphia police to contemporary City Council debates on defunding the police department, the relationship between Black Philadelphians and the criminal justice system has long been complex and fraught. One pattern remains relatively consistent: arrests, incarceration, and the collateral consequences of the criminal justice system are both geographically and racially predictable. In this week’s installment of the Color of Inequality, we focus on how “race and place” matter in the context of criminal justice and explore some of the dynamics around criminal justice policy that manifest themselves in present-day Philadelphia.