In Palm Beach County, blacks per capita are arrested for marijuana possession nearly five times the rate of whites, according to a recent survey by the ACLU.
Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and West Palm Beach NAACP President Lia Gaines have markedly different responses.
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Staff Researcher Niels Heimeriks contributed to this report.
Where we got the numbers
This story cites statistics from three different sources:
The ACLU study which is based on Federal Uniform Crime Reports data reported by state and local law enforcement agencies, from 2001-1010.
A Palm Beach Post analysis of Palm Beach County Clerk of the Court data;
The numbers cited by Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.
Due to different methodologies, the numbers are not identical though all of them corroborate the general thesis that blacks are more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana than are non blacks