Study: Blacks and Hispanics Fare Worse than Whites and Asians Charged with Same Crime
Date:  07-18-2014

But, Vera Institute also found other factors come into play
Study Finds Racial Disparity in Criminal Prosecutions

By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.

Black and Hispanic defendants are more likely to be held in jail before trial and more likely to be offered plea bargains that include a prison sentence than whites and Asians charged with the same crimes, according to a two-year study of prosecutions handled by the Manhattan district attorney’s office. The study, by the Vera Institute of Justice, found that race was a significant factor at nearly every stage of criminal prosecutions in Manhattan, from setting bail to negotiating a plea deal to sentencing.

But race was not the sole factor, the study’s authors said. A number of legal considerations were found to be more important in predicting a defendant’s fate, among them the seriousness of the charge and the defendant’s arrest record.

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