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Allegheny County Jail

The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) released a report today outlining their findings that show stark imbalances in how disproportionately often Pittsburgh’s Black population is incarcerated, arrested, and confronted by police and the criminal-justice system.

In a press release, the ALC describes the report as analyzing “trends in arrests and bail decisions, highlighting the impact of police and judicial discretion” in which they found “an undeniable system of racial apartheid.” The report collected data from Allegheny County municipal court dockets from May 11 to June 8 of this year.

The ALC is a Pittsburgh-based law firm that advocates on behalf of incarcerated people, especially those whose rights were violated during the judicial process or while in jail or prison.

Among the most significant statistics in the report is the finding that the population of the Allegheny County Jail is 67% Black.
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