A new study indicates that in some parts of the deep south, over 80% of African-Americans are excluded from juries. The study was conducted by the nonprofit group Equal Justice Initiative, and examined jury selection in eight states, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and South Carolina.
The study seemed to indicate that many times African-American jurors were excluded on misperceptions of intelligence, age, and marital status. Most importantly, the study indicated that "[racial bias] tends not to be unintentional . . . ." The study also found that serious criminal cases and death penalty cases were even more likely to have had discriminatory jury selection.