Racial Disparities in the U.S. Criminal Justice System

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  • The Verdict
  • A Jury of Your Peers
  • The Color of Your Skin Influences Sentencing
  • Capital Punishment Designed for Blacks?
  • War on Drugs, War on Blacks
  • We Have Facts. So What Can We Do to Change It?
  • Race Matters
  • Despair
  • Disparities in Police Activity
  • Disparities in Trials
  • Relying on a Flawed Defense System

The Color of Your Skin Influences Sentencing

We already established that more African-Americans are charged and convicted, but they are also more likely to be sentenced harsher than any other race. A 2001 study of 77,236 federal cases from 1991 to 1994 revealed that Blacks received sentences 5.5 months longer than whites.

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