In 2019, police across Dallas County asked the District Attorney to prosecute fewer marijuana cases than the year before. This report examines whether the racial disparity in those cases improved at the same time. Fewer, Not Fairer shows that while the number of referrals declined, police were still more likely to refer a Black person for marijuana prosecution than a non-Black person. However, some cities achieved more fairness when their police departments almost entirely stopped requesting marijuana prosecutions altogether.
Smiegocki, V. M., Metzger, P. R., & Davies, A. L. B., Fewer, Not Fairer
, The DALLAS Project, Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center (November 2021).