For Immediate Release
November 15, 2022
Today, The Prosecutorial Performance Indicators (The PPIs) released a pioneering report on racial disparities in prosecution in Broward County.
The data suggests that, compared to Hispanic and White defendants, Black defendants are:
- Least likely to have their case filed for prosecution, especially for felony charges;
- Most likely to have their top charge reduced in severity at filing, as well as increased in severity;
- Most likely to have their case dismissed, whether charged with a felony or a misdemeanor;
- Least likely to have their felony charge reduced after filing;
- Most likely to receive custodial and time-served-only sentences upon conviction, as compared to non-custodial sentences; and
- Especially more likely to receive custodial sentences than White defendants in negotiated pleas, as compared to open pleas.
Compared to similarly situated Black and White defendants, Hispanic defendants are:
- Least likely to experience charge changes at filing;
- Most likely to have their case pursued for prosecution;
- Most likely to have their felony charges reduced at disposition; and
- Least likely to receive jail and prison sentences upon conviction.
The report provides a number of recommendations as to how racial disparities can be further examined, addressed and prevented. This includes forming a dedicated racial equity committee internal to the State Attorney’s Office to evaluate existing policies, and seeking feedback from key community partners.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries.