View Full Version : Something else to cry about pro.

11-26-2004, 12:13 AM
WASHINGTON The verdict on federal sentencing guidelines: they're not helping to ease racial disparities.

A 15-year study by the U-S Sentencing Commission finds that blacks still receive harsher terms than white inmates under guidelines imposed 17 years ago.

The guidelines were designed to give judges a range of possible punishments for a given crime and make it more difficult to stray beyond the limits.

Among the study's findings: The gap between sentences for blacks and whites has widened. While blacks and whites received an average sentence of slightly more than two years in 1984, blacks now stay in prison for about six years; whites four years.

The results come as the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of the guidelines, which advocates say are critical to achieving fairness in punishments.

Look at the graph on page 116 and let your blood begin to boil.


11-26-2004, 02:04 AM
We have always gotten the crappy end of the stick since the first slave was dragged into this country. Like I said, old news...very old news.

11-27-2004, 06:21 AM

Very old news. The inequity stems from better legal representation for Whites and a judges's own prejudices. Even more discriminating is that Blacks caught with drugs (not selling) have a much better chance of getting jail time vs. probation, compared to Whites convicted of similar crimes.

I would bet the disparity in jail sentences differs in various parts of the country.