Black and Hispanic servicemembers are more likely to face criminal investigations and trials, according to a Government Accountability Office report. (COURTESY U.S. AIR FORCE)
Black and Hispanic servicemembers are more likely to face criminal investigations and trials, according to a Government Accountability Office report. (COURTESY U.S. AIR FORCE)

Blacks and Hispanics face military trials at disproportionate rates, GAO report to Congress says

by John Vandiver
Stars and Stripes

Black and Hispanic servicemembers are more likely to face criminal investigations and be brought to trial than their white counterparts, though they are no more likely to be convicted, according to a government watchdog investigation report.

The Defense Department “has not comprehensively evaluated the causes of racial or gender disparities in the military justice system,” the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Thursday. “Doing so would better position DOD to identify actions to address disparities and help ensure the military justice system is fair and just.”

The report also found that the services don’t record race and ethnic data in the same way, making it difficult to compare disparities among the military branches. Still, the report concluded that multiple racial disparities exist.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.583902

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