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Study shows that blacks are treated worse than whites in court

In California, statistics have shown that black individuals are much more inclined to be charged with crimes despite the fact that they are no more likely to commit criminal offenses than white people are. A new study shows that this differential treatment of criminal defendants based on race extends to the treatment given to them by prosecutors and the courts within the criminal justice system.

According to a study from a researcher at Loyola Law School, white defendants that are charged with misdemeanors are 74 times more likely to have their charges that carry the potential for incarceration dismissed, dropped or reduced by prosecutors than black defendants. When both the black and white defendants have no prior records, the white people are still much more likely than the black individuals to have their charges reduced or dropped are. The researcher analyzed information from 30,807 misdemeanor cases in Wisconsin that happened over a period of seven years.

The study's author believes that the results of the study show that prosecutors factor in the race of the defendants when they are deciding what plea offers to make. The prosecutors may subconsciously believe that black people are more apt to commit another crime than white people are. The study also showed that whites were likelier to be able to post bond and retain attorneys, leading some black defendants to enter guilty pleas simply so that they could return home.

The study demonstrates that racism is a pervasive problem within all aspects of the criminal justice system from arrests through sentencing. Minorities that are charged with crimes might want to try to get help from criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible. The lawyers may build aggressive defenses to the charges and work to protect their clients' rights throughout the process of their court cases.

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