Racial Disparity in Florida Sentencing
From OCDLA Library of Defense
Disturbing analysis reported on here. Key paragraphs:
- 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 idea is to punish criminals in Pensacola the same as those in Key West — no matter their race, gender or wealth.
- But the point system has not stopped discrimination.
- 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.