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RED refers to racial and ethnic differences in contacts and experiences with the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Measuring the extent to which RED exist in the justice system is a first step toward identifying the ways to improve upon how well the system upholds the principle of equal treatment under the law. Prior research shows that RED are prevalent across multiple points of contact with the juvenile justice system in Nebraska. There is also a large body of evidence demonstrating RED in the adult criminal justice system nationwide. The purpose of this brief is to describe what the data show regarding racial disparities in the state of Nebraska and what is yet to be understood.



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