Justice is supposed to be blind, but unfortunately in reality this is not necessarily the case. A recent analysis by the US Sentencing Commission found that prison sentences of black men were nearly 20% longer than those given to white men for similar crimes. Also, black men are 25% less likely to receive a sentence below the range of the federal sentencing guidelines.
This gap has widened since 2005 when the Supreme Court restored judicial discretion in sentencing, which allows judges to exercise their own judgment to a greater degree when determining prison sentences instead of following federal sentencing guidelines. However, the report also emphasizes that judges take into consideration many factors that are not necessarily made known to the general public and cannot always be objectively quantified.
Often times, the key factor comes down to the strength of your legal representation.
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