Identifying and addressing implicit bias in the prosecution of misdemeanor cases by the City Attorney’s Office in the Tacoma Municipal court. Prosecutors are not immune from implicit bias. As gatekeepers of the criminal justice system, prosecutors can be part of the problem – as well as the solution. If prosecutors are not aware of their biases, have no consciousness about them, and do not work to counteract them, then these biases can become part of how any individual prosecutor reacts and makes decisions in any individual case, and these actions can then become part of the system.
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