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US Needs More Women Prosecutors to Help Justice System - Advocates

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PHILADELPHIA (Sputnik) — Women prosecutors will help increase the level of fairness within the US criminal justice system, a profession where an overwhelming majority of white males dominate as US chief prosecutors, speakers at the NAACP 106 Annual National Convention told Sputnik.

"We need to have more role models like [Baltimore City State's Attorney] Marilyn Mosby and [US Attorney General] Loretta Lynch," Director of the Women in NAACP (WIN) Thelma Daley told Sputnik during the convention on Sunday.

Last week, the Women Donors Network published a study revealing that out of the nearly 2,437 US prosecutors, 79 percent are white men, 60 percent of US states have no elected black prosecutors, and only 17 percent of elected prosecutors are women.

"We need much more equality in justice, we need fairness; we don't need minds that are prejudice before and already biased before they make their decisions," Daley said.

Over the course of 2014, the ongoing US issue of racial inequality was thrust again into the national debate after two grand juries chose not to indict two white police officers responsible for the deaths of two unarmed African-American men.

"I think that there is nothing that is lost from having more women in this space [of US prosecutors] and we will continue to see women seek out justice as much as necessary, but we have to get more women in this space in order to see that as a result," the Founder and Executive Director of Brown Girls Lead, Stefanie Brown James told Sputnik on Sunday.

Widespread protests erupted across the United States in wake of the grand jury decisions regarding the indictment of police officers. Mounting public attention to the issue has resulted in a nascent movement by law enforcement organizations to accurately document and track police killings of black US citizens.

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