New Report Finds That Black Men Receive Sentences Nearly 20 Percent Longer Than White Men For Similar Crimes - blogged by @baetoven_ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to a new report by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Black men are given nearly 20 percent more prison time than White men for similar crimes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The study examined sentences from 2011 to 2016, finding that Black men were given sentences that were 19.1 percent longer than ones that were “similarly situated” by White male offenders. The study also highlighted potential reasons for the findings like criminal histories but found that they were not factors. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The same disparity was around 11 percent for 1998 to 2003 and 5 percent for 2003 to 2005, but skyrocketed to 15 percent for 2005 to 2007 and is close to 20 percent in the present day, according to previous USSC reports. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And according to another USSC report from 2010, the gaps "have increased steadily" since the Supreme Court ruled to increase judges' discretion in sentencing in the 2005 case of United States v. Booker. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But Marc Mauer, director of the SentencingProject, told the HuffingtonPost that judges aren't the only factor. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "It’s not necessarily racist judges,” Mauer said. “But much of [the] disparity [is] likely due to decision-making by prosecutors.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ His organization also found that Black men are nearly six times as likely as White men to be jailed, according to ESSENCE.