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University of Illinois Law Review Online

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In President Biden’s inauguration speech, he offered us hope, while acknowledging America’s challenging history. He also promised progress––real progress––on racial justice. “A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer[,]” he said.

Meaningful progress toward racial equality begins with a fairer criminal justice system. We must take an anti-racist, anti-xenophobic, anti-homophobic, and anti-classist approach to prosecutions. In turn, that type of progress demands sound leadership at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and from the ninety-three United States attorneys whom the President appoints. The lead prosecutors in the federal system must act with integrity, courage, and independence. They should also reflect the rich diversity of the people in our country. Representation matters, and diverse groups make better decisions. This essay focuses on President Biden’s strides in that direction during his first 100 days.



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