Jeffrey N. Catalano was quoted in a Springfield Republican article on the Massachusetts court system's initiative examining criminal sentencing disparities.
In remarks delivered at the State of Judiciary event hosted by the Massachusetts Bar Association, Mr. Catalano, president of the bar association, said the organization will conduct a program in March 2017 concerning implicit bias in the legal system.
Mr. Catalano said minority colleagues have shared with him their experiences with bias in legal system that "is eyebrow raising and jaw dropping. Some [is] subtle and implicit, some is overt."
At the event, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants announced that he has asked Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow to create an independent research team to explore the reasons for racial and ethnic disparities in incarceration rates.
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