Federal Study: Race Gap in Sentencing Persists

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Race continues to determine the length of sentences received for offenses of all kinds in the federal system, according to a new analysis by the United States Sentencing Commission.

In its third study of the subject since 2010, the Commission found that African-American male offenders were sentenced to prison terms that were on average 19.1 percent longer than white male offenders between 2012-2016.

That gap was not statistically different from prior periods of study, the Commission added . . .

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