+Baratunde Thurston has anyone done anything substantial anywhere, in comedy or otherwise, on the fact that more than 90% of the institutional racism in the criminal justice system (as measured by the cause of disproportionate prison population race) takes place in district attorney offices' decisions on whether to charge defendants with crimes carrying a mandatory minimum sentence?

"According to M. Marit Rehavi of the University of British Columbia and Sonja B. Starr, who teaches criminal law at the University of Michigan Law School, the racial disparities can be explained 'in a single prosecutorial decision: whether to file a charge carrying a mandatory minimum sentence….Black men were on average more than twice as likely to face a mandatory minimum charge as white men were, holding arrest offense as well as age and location constant.' Prosecutors are about twice as likely to impose mandatory minimums on black defendants as on white defendants."
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