Born in the early 2000s out of efforts to more effectively address equity in criminal justice, racial impact statements are becoming an effective tool across state policy for demonstrating how proposals that seem neutral and “fair” can yield disparate and decidedly unfair outcomes. Instead of focusing on a bill or two to increase racial equity, racial impact statements give us a way to ensure all bills increase equity.
National Juvenile Justice Network — This deep case study of Iowa’s implementation of minority impact statements presents the history, context, and lessons learned about the efficacy of these legislative tools. (October 2020)
Lincoln Journal Star — Rules changes proposed in the Nebraska legislature would require a racial impact statement for any bill that significantly affects criminal or juvenile justice, but would allow a committee chairman or bill sponsor to request a statement regardless of the bill's subject matter. (October 2019)
Urban Institute — This blog post offer a quick overview of the origins of racial impact statements in criminal justice. (February 2018)