"Points are now used to calculate sentences based on the severity of the crime, the defendant's prior record and a host of other factors," the newspaper reports. "The idea is to punish criminals in Pensacola the same as those in Key West -- no matter their race, gender or wealth." But that's not how it works out, the newspaper finds: "In Manatee County, judges sentence whites convicted of felony drug possession to an average of five months behind bars. "They give blacks with identical charges and records more than a year. Judges in the Florida Panhandle county of Okaloosa sentence whites to nearly five months for battery. "They lock up blacks for almost a year. "Along the state's northeast shore, judges in Flagler County put blacks convicted of armed robbery away for nearly triple the time." According to the report, Herald-Tribune reporters reviewed tens of millions of records, in excess of 85,000 criminal appeals and interviewed "more than 100 legal experts, advocates and criminal defendants." And after all that research they concluded what so many observers of the criminal justice system have previously declared: that black people get a raw deal. From that report: "When defendants score the same points in the formula used to set criminal punishments -- indicating they should receive equal sentences -- blacks spend far longer behind bars." And this: "The war on drugs exacerbates racial disparities. Police target poor black neighborhoods, funneling more minorities into the system. Once in court, judges are tougher on black drug offenders every step of the way. Nearly half the counties in Florida sentence blacks convicted of felony drug possession to more than double the time of whites, even when their backgrounds are the same." There will be people who read the Herald-Tribune report and still won't acknowledge the outsized role race has in the criminal justice. I don't know how they will argue against the findings - insist that's it's only a Florida problem, maybe? - but you can count on people dismissing the report's findings or describing them as exaggerated.
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