Differential Punishing of African Americans and Whites Who Possess Drugs: A Just Policy or a Continuation of the Past?

@article{Alexander1997DifferentialPO,
  title={Differential Punishing of African Americans and Whites Who Possess Drugs: A Just Policy or a Continuation of the Past?},
  author={R. Alexander and Jacquelyn Gyamerah},
  journal={Journal of Black Studies},
  year={1997},
  volume={28},
  pages={111 - 97}
}
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