Racial Disparities in Federal Charging Lengthen Sentences


Black males face significantly longer federal sentencing than white males due to prosecutorial charging decisions, found researchers in a new study.

The study, Racial Disparity in Federal Criminal Charging and its Sentences Consequences, found that on average and at almost every decile of the sentence-length distribution black males served longer sentences even after taking into account arrest offense, criminal history, district, and age.

For further explanation read the Nieman Watchdog interview with study co-author Sonja Starr, Assistant Professor of Law at University of Michigan law school here.

Access the study here.

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