Race Matters: System Reform Strategies

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 1, 2006

Summary

This government-focused review tool shows agency policies and practices that could benefit from a racial bias review. It offers a review process with examples of common policy and practice reforms, their unexpected limitations due to racial bias and how they can be corrected to promote opportunity for all. This brief is part of a comprehensive Race Matters toolkit. For more information, visit the Race Matters Institute

Key Takeaway

Unintended racial bias can go undetected in government policies until a racial lens is applied

Almost all public systems – transportation, child welfare, criminal justice, housing – had some racial inequality built into the system. 

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