Looking for volunteers in the jury system – The Buffalo News

A recent story in The News should be a call to action to advocacy groups and individuals concerned about the lopsided racial makeup of juries across the state and in this region. With just a few mouse clicks, they can make a difference.

African-Americans are underrepresented on juries around New York. It’s a fundamental problem and a troubling fact to some defendants, lawyers and judges. It should be troubling to anyone who understands the importance of ensuring that all Americans stake their claim in our democracy. Nowhere is that more important than in the judicial system.

So here is the call for citizen advocates (already doing good works): Ramp up the effort to close the racial gap by knocking on more doors, sending texts and tweets. Continue speaking at churches or local community…

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