Race is a powerful predictor of who serves on a jury.
The data we gathered showed that prosecutors in seven central Mississippi counties were far more likely to strike prospective black jurors than whites during jury selection. But the data alone didn’t explain why that was happening. Was race really the determining factor? To find out, we crunched the data to account for other possible explanations for people being struck from a jury. We found that, all things being equal, race was the most powerful predictor of who would be chosen for a jury.
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