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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Aug 16, 2019
A new study shows disparities in sentencing based on race are on the decline, the ABA Journal reports. One reason for the decline at the federal level was the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which reduced the disparity in sentences for crack vs. powder cocaine, according to one of the study's authors. The data was mixed on the sentencing gap between Latinos and white people at the federal level. The gap declined only when noncitizen Latinos were excluded from the data.