The Impact of Federal Sentencing Reforms on African Americans

  title={The Impact of Federal Sentencing Reforms on African Americans},
  author={Marvin D. Free},
  journal={Journal of Black Studies},
  pages={268 - 286}
African Americans are disproportionately found in the inmate population of federal penal institutions. Although composing 12.1% of the total United States population (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1992, p. 17), African Americans constituted 33.8% of all federal inmates in 1993 (Maguire & Pastore, 1994, p. 628). The overrepresentation of African Americans in federal prisons raises an interesting question: What effect have the U.S. sentencing guidelines, which emerged from the Sentencing Reform Act… 

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