Race and Sentencing

Black male continue to receive longe sentences than similarly situated white males. Black males received sentences on average 19.1 percent loner than similarly situated white males (U.S. Sentencing Commission). Young, black and Latino males (especially if unemployed are subject to particularly harsh sentencing compared to other offender populations (Sentencing Project). Black and Latino defendants tend to be sentenced more severly than comparably situated white defendant for less serious crimes, especially drug and property crimes.

Race and Sentencing Videos from Race Matters I Seminar

Sentencing (Policy), Marc Mauer - Executive Director, The Sentencing Project (Washington, DC) 

Sentencing (Practice), Nancy L. McGunn - Federal Defender Office (Detroit, MI) 


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