How Race and Privilege Affect Criminal Sentences

Brock Turner’s name is spreading around the nation in connection with his three felony sexual assault convictions. Brock was sentenced to just 6 months in jail for the convictions, an incredibly light sentence that has ignited a national conversation about sexual assault at universities, and the advantages of being white and privileged. Brock was caught red-handed sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Cory Batey was convicted on equally-damning evidence of sexually assaulting a different woman who was also unconscious. Turner is a star swimmer, Batey was a star football player. Turner is white, Batey is black. For what is essentially the same offense, Turner received 6 months in prison with the possibility to have the reduced to 3 months on good behavior. Batey was sentenced to the mandatory 15 years. Cory Batey’s sentence is 3,000% longer for the same offense with similar facts. This is one case in a national trend of sentence disparity. Black and Latino offenders are on average, given 20% longer sentences than whites for the same crimes. The Civil Rights movement was 50 years ago. It is time for America to take a step forward and treat everyone equally regardless of the color of their skin. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the field of Criminal Defense. Call our Denver office today for a Free Consultation.

Cite: Shaun King, The New York Daily News, 6/7/2016


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