Examine criminal justice bias, experts tell race panel

May 20, 1998
A panel of criminal justice experts urged the president's race advisory board yesterday to examine the racial disparities that permeate the nation's criminal justice system, from black motorists being stopped and searched by police more frequently than whites to the disproportionate number of African American males going to prison.
      But in their discussion of the issue, the experts left a crucial question unaddressed: Are the disparities the result of overt racial discrimination, or are they simply the unfortunate result of otherwise fair practices by police, prosecutors and judges? "I, for one, did not get a complete answer to that question," said John Hope Franklin, chairman of the race advisory board.