Race influences criminal sentences, research indicates

, The National Law Journal


Fresh research into the so-called "racial gap" in criminal sentencing appeared to confirm that race plays a role in whether judges send defendants to jail, although to a degree that varies widely between judges.

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  • ELois Poole-Clayton

    You used the word, "INSIST" on raising their children alone.

    WHAT world are you from to evn have the audesity to use that word in that context!

    Who are you, to say that this is what african americans

    "chooses" to do?

    Don't bother to answer for I'm embarrassed at what the obvious answer would be, if the sequence was followed.

    NOTE: Perhaps, you should retrack your words OR maybe I should just accept that just maybe, you're one of "those people"?

  • ELois Poole-Clayton

    I agree, that race, has been/still is playing a role on the precentage of 'minorities', that are sentenced OR sentenced to stiff sentences, which in many cases, violates the statue that is related to the so-called crime committed.

    NOTE: There appears to be this senerio happening at Chester MHC, for inmates who has has complaints filed against them in Oct. 2010 & Nov. 2010 , were tarnsfer out of CMHC, when the person that was assaulted by these individuals(my brother David P.),, transfer (already mentioned/discussed/evaluated, has been again DELAYED;mind you those individuals are whiote. David is black.

    NOTE: The 'Uncle Tom" syndrome, seems to also play a role in this UNfairness, for the person who CONFIRMED his transfer, is black(Dr. Ferguson), who is playing this runaround game with our lovedones life, with his SW(Travis Nottmier), who's white.

    It MUST be STOPPED AND PROSECUTED, for we have documented Travis Nottmier being CAUGHT CHANGING the DATES of altercations David was blamed for;NO fault of his, but the fault of a GUARD, named ALVIN, who was NOT working the date Travis Nottmier changed the altercation to.

    NOTE: Nottmier could NOT have made that mistake for TWO(2) days, IN A ROW!

    PPS: I can be contacted at (773)622-2906, at ANY time, for a FULL NEWS INTERVIEW, with DOCUMENTS/PHOTOS of INJURIES done to my brother and LETTERS, PROVING that DHS, is ALSO involved in the COVERUP of ABUSES on he(and I'm sure, other patients at Chester MHC).

  • minimouse

    @ ColorBlindJustice

    Where did you get the impression that this study focussed on juvenile suspects/offenders/courts? What article were you reading? And what excuse will you now contrive to explain the results? I swear, some people will do anything to deny the pervasive racism that exists in the U.S.

    Your post absolutely ignores the fact that the focus of the data is either ADULT sentencing or aggregate sentencing across age groups, not juvenile sentencing, and that defeats your explanation for the sentencing disparities.

    To the writer: I didn't need to read this article to know that the court system was biased against people of color, especially Black and Hispanic men. So, tell me something I don't already know.

  • Lacey

    As much as I understand that this is in fact true, I hope it doesn't encourage Judges to assess their own incarceration rate (based on ethnicity) & then attempt to "scew" their numbers by incarcerating more "non-minorities" @ a higher rate to appear more . . . neutral . . .solution to more equitable sentences???? I don't know.

  • ColorBlindJustice

    What politically correct researchers, policymakers and black leaders would rather not discuss is the fact that fatherlessness likely has far more to do with sentencing bias than does skin colore, particularly with respect to first-time offenders. If a judge sees seated in the gallery a young defendant's in tact, supportive nuclear family to which s/he can appeal for assistance in riding herd on the kid and seeing to it that he stays out of trouble henceforth, that judge is naturally going to be more lenient and willing to consider probation or a suspended or lighter sentence. But if a judge sees no such familial support, s/he's left with a choice between incarceration or freeing the defendant to return to the chaos that brought him before the court in the first place. And with public safety of paramount concern, judges understandably choose to sentence fatherless thugs more stiffly. Of course, blacks insist on raising nearly three-quarters of their children without fathers, so no one should be surprised by the stiffer sentences they tend to get relative to those with stronger family structures.

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