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New Fact Sheet: Racial Disparities Persist Amid Large Drug Arrest Declines in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – February 21, 2018 – In a new fact sheet from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Senior Research Fellow Mike Males finds that disproportionate felony drug arrests among African American residents continue during a period of drastic changes in San Francisco’s drug policing and statewide drug policy reforms.

San Francisco felony drug arrests by race, per 100,000, annual averages, 1977-2016

Sources: DOJ (2017); DRU (2017).

The fact sheet finds:

Information in this fact sheet is excerpted from a recent study by CJCJ’s Senior Research Fellow, Mike Males, and San Jose State University Human Rights Institute Professor, William Armaline, with minor differences due to updated information from the California Department of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through 2016. The study, San Francisco’s Drug Arrests Drop 90% through 2016; Disproportionate Arrests of African Americans Persist, details drug arrest trends by race since the 1980s and provides comprehensive information on the city’s fluctuating drug arrest trends.

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