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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:46 AM

Prison Sentences for Black Men Are 20% Longer Than Those for White Men for Same Crimes

Prison Sentences for Black Men Are 20% Longer Than Those for White Men for Same Crimes


Federal judges have handed down longer prison sentences for black men than for white men—for the same or similar crimes committed— since 2005, when a court ruling gave judges more discretion in deciding jail times for convicted criminals.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission revealed in a new report that the sentences of black men were on average 19.5% longer than the sentences of white men from December 2007 to September 2011.

The commission did not mention racism as a factor in sentencing decisions, but did write that judges “make sentencing decisions based on many legitimate considerations that are not or cannot be measured.”

To address the disparity, commissioners recommended that federal judges give sentencing guidelines more weight. They also said appeals courts should more carefully examine sentences that fall beyond the guidelines.

http://www.allgov.com/news/controversies/prison-sentences-for-black-men-are-20-percent-longer-than-those-for-white-men-for-same-crimes-130220?news=847124

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Reply Prison Sentences for Black Men Are 20% Longer Than Those for White Men for Same Crimes (Original post)
The Straight Story Feb 2013 OP
AnotherMcIntosh Feb 2013 #1
Solly Mack Feb 2013 #2
Gorp Feb 2013 #3
SpartanDem Feb 2013 #4
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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:05 PM

1. 100% longer than for war criminals and banksters.

 

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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:08 PM

2. K&R

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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:50 PM

3. Well, that's at least progress. It used to be more like 200%.

 

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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:56 PM

4. But there's no more racism...

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