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Federal Study: Race Gap in Sentencing Persists

African-American male offenders receive sentences averaging 19.1 percent longer than white males—a gap that has largely remained unchanged since the U.S. Sentencing Commission began studying the issue in 2010. In its third report on the demographic factors affecting sentencing outcomes, the USSC also said females received shorter prison sentences than males.

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The Color of Justice

An examination of 10,000 San Francisco criminal cases by the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice found that race and ethnicity influence how long an individual is held in custody before trial, as well as the severity of the charges.

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US Criminal Caseload Dropping: Report

The US Sentencing Commission’s quarterly report shows a decrease in the total number of criminal cases since 2016, despite a slight uptick in the last quarter which appears to be driven by immigration offenses. Immigration and drug crimes made up over 62% of federal criminal cases in the U.S. between October 2016 and March 2017, with firearms offenses a distant second at 11.8%.

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Feeling ‘Dirty’ About Sentencing

Retired Federal Judge Schira Scheindlin has said mandatory-minimum requirements made her feel “dirty.” Other judges have joined the chorus of justice reformers who complain rigorous sentencing guidelines are unfair. But are they addressing the wrong problem?

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Home-State Paper Urges Cruz To Support Sentencing-Reform Bill

For more than a year, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) has been working to fix the way the government decides who goes to federal prison, how long they stay, and what happens when they get out. Working with liberals and conservatives, he's gambling that a deeply divided Washington can accomplish big things, even in an election year, says the Dallas Morning News in an editorial. Twenty-eight senators from both parties have co-sponsored a . . . Want to read […]

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For Sentencing Reform Bill To Pass, Cornyn Must Convince GOP Colleagues

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), a former judge and attorney general, is a devoted believer in the pending federal sentencing overhaul bill. Now, reports the New York Times, he just has to convert doubting Republican colleagues. Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican and a main author of the legislation, which would cut some sentences and ease re-entry after prison, is working to address fears from fellow Republicans that passage of the bill could set loose some dangerous offenders and diminish […]