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Race in the Criminal Justice System (#446)

Prosecuting attorneys play a critical role in bringing criminal offenders to justice. However, because African Americans are disproportionately incarcerated, black prosecutors who secure convictions of black criminals often face criticism that they are participating in a racist criminal justice system. On the program, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Felicia Nu’Man of Jefferson County and Kimberly Henderson Baird of Fayette County discuss those accusations.

The two also discuss contributing factors to the high number of African Americans behind bars, Kentucky’s high incarceration rates, and alternatives to incarceration. The attorneys also discuss how they became prosecutors and their work in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Nu’Man wrote a column for Newsweek in 2008 describing how being a black prosecutor has put her on the defensive at times in the black community and explaining that race is not a factor in prosecuting crime.

Air Dates

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 4:00/3:00 pm CT on KET2

Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET