Prison sentences of black men were nearly 20% longer than those of white men for similar crimes in recent years, an analysis by the U.S. Sentencing Commission found.
That racial gap has widened since the Supreme Court restored judicial discretion in sentencing in 2005, according to the Sentencing Commission’s findings, which were submitted to Congress last month and released publicly this week.
And what do you suppose is the racial composition of the federal judiciary? About 62% of Obama’s confirmed judicial appointees have been white, which is down from Bush’s 82%.