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Study finds that black men get longer prison sentences

Texas residents may be interested to learn that African-American males serve longer sentences than white males, even when the crimes committed are the same. According to a study by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, sentences for black men were 19.1 percent longer than the sentences of white male prisoners between the years of 2012 and 2016.

It was noted in the study that the racial disparity in the sentences between white male prisoners and black male prisoners cannot be explained by a previous history of violence. Even when violence was accounted for, black men still received prison sentences that were 20.4 percent longer than the sentences white males with the same criminal background received.

Additionally, the Sentencing Project, a non-profit organization, found that black men were six times more likely to be sentenced to jail than white men. Hispanic men were 2.3 times more likely to be sentenced to jail than white men. As of 2015, there were 2.2 million people being incarcerated in the United States, a 500 percent increase over the last four decades.

When a person is facing a criminal charge, he or she could get a prison sentence. However, those who are African-American may be at risk for more severe sentencing, especially if they are facing jail time. Before a person can be sentenced to jail or prison, however, he or she must be convicted on the charges. A criminal law attorney could launch an independent investigation into the case to determine if the authorities violated the person's rights. The attorney may also challenge the evidence, especially if it does not match what the prosecution is alleging. In addition, a lawyer could look for holes in the case in order to seek a dismissal of the charges.

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