Blacks Gets 60% Longer Sentences For Same Crimes
In the latest edition of Black Folks In America Got It Bad, a new study reveals that black Americans receive almost 60% longer prison sentences than white Americans who committed the same crime.
The study, conducted by M. Marit Rehavi of the University of British Columbia and Sonja B. Starr of the University of Michigan Law School, looked at 58,000 federal criminal cases and found the alarming statistic.
"Black men were on average more than twice as likely to face a mandatory minimum charge as white men were, holding arrest offense as well as age and location constant. Prosecutors are about twice as likely to impose mandatory minimums on black defendants as on white defendants."
In federal cases, black defendants faced average sentences of 60 months, while the average for white defendants was only 38 months.
The report concludes that sentence disparities “can be almost completely explained by three factors: the original arrest offense, the defendant’s criminal history, and the prosecutor’s initial choice of charges.”
Today's lesson: don't do things that will land you in jail.