Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System: A Summary

  title={Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System: A Summary},
  author={J. Petersilia},
  journal={Crime \& Delinquency},
  pages={15 - 34}
This article summarizes a comprehensive examination of racial discrimination in the criminal justice systems of California, Michigan, and Texas. In each of those states, judges typically imposed heavier sentences on Hispanics and blacks than on whites convicted of comparable felonies and who had similar criminal records. Not only did these minorities receive harsher minimum sentences but they also served more time. It is chiefly at the sentencing stage where differential treatment is most… Expand
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