FL Judges Sentence Blacks to Harsher Penalties Then Whites

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Florida's sentencing system is broken, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. Half a century after the civil rights movement, trial judges sentence blacks to harsher punishment than whites. They offer blacks fewer chances to avoid jail or scrub away felonies. They give blacks more time behind bars, sometimes double the sentences of whites accused of the same crimes under identical circumstances. Florida lawmakers tried to create a more equitable system that . . .

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