America's Prosecutor Problem
DISTRICT ATTORNEYS BY RACE
DISTRICT ATTORNEYS BY GENDER
IT’S THE PROSECUTORS, STUPID
- In counties in the U.S. where people of color represent between 50% and 60% of the population, only 19% of prosecutors are prosecutors of color.
- In counties where people of color represent between 80% and 90% percent of the population, only 53% of the prosecutors are prosecutors of color.
- Only in places where 90% of the population are people of color does the prosecutor pool reflect the diversity of the community.
- Overall, in the 276 counties in the U.S. where people of color represent the majority of the population, only 42%, or less than half, of the prosecutors in these counties are prosecutors of color.
- 97% of all prosecutors in the U.S. are elected.
- 72% of all elected prosecutors in office in 2016 ran unopposed in their last election
- 73% of white prosecutors in office in 2016 ran unopposed compared to 64% of prosecutors of color
- 32% of prosecutors who are appointed are people of color compared to just 4% of prosecutors who are elected.
- They can adjust the charges, making them more or less severe, felonies or misdemeanors.
- They can decide whether a child is charged as a juvenile or an adult.
- They can add or subtract counts.
- They can also convene grand juries to determine which charges to pursue.
- The prosecutor can also decide not to press charges at all.