Statistics, what statistics? Today the House Over-Criminalization Task Force met again and there were several moments of fascinating testimony — particularly from the two Republican invited witnesses: Georgetown Law Professor William Otis and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Evenson of North Carolina.
Evenson announced himself “personally offended” that anyone would assert that racism plays a role in prosecutions and that there was “no war on drugs.” Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee had other ideas on those views and countered Evenson. The statistics on prosecution and sentencing differences between blacks and whites is pretty clear but Evenson didn’t let facts get in the way.
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