New Harvard Study Shows Racial Inequality In Massachusetts Criminal Justice System
A new study out of Harvard underscores the extent of racial disparities within the Massachusetts criminal justice system, showing that Black defendants account for 17 percent of the state’s criminal caseload, and Latino defendants account for 18 percent — despite making up just 6 and 9 percent of the state population, respectively. The study also shows that people in those groups receive longer sentences on average than their white counterparts — a finding that remains when controlling for other factors, like an individual’s past criminal history. To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins and retired federal judge Nancy Gertner, now a senior lecturer at Harvard Law School.

How Should Researchers Ensure Racial Diversity In Clinical Trials For The Coronavirus Vaccine?
In a New York Times op-ed, the presidents of four historically Black universities and medical schools argue that the lack of racial diversity in clinical trials for a potential coronavirus vaccine “creates problems on two fronts: treatment and trust." To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by one of the authors, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, the president of Morehouse School of Medicine.