Prison sentences are getting shorter. But racial disparities are getting worse.

“There’s good news and bad news about sentences in federal prison. The good news: Prison sentences are getting shorter. The bad news: Black defendants are still getting longer sentences than white ones for the same crimes — and the racial gap is actually growing. […] even when the criminal justice system as a whole is getting more lenient, that leniency varies depending on the race of the defendant. And it’s a big challenge for criminal justice reformers — who end up caught in a terrible double bind.”

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