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Friday, March 9, 2012

Is Justice Blind? Is it Fair? Is it all Politics?

A new study shows that federal defendants who do the same crime pay different time depending on their judge. A database of federal judges that launches today shows widely disparate sentences for similar crimes. The findings come 30 years after Congress tried to create fairer results. An analysis shows the differences don't line up with the party of the president who appointed the judges, despite any impressions that Republicans or Democrats may be tougher or softer on crime. Sentencing data from the past five years was analyzed for The Associated Press by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Sentences for the same types of crimes vary significantly between judges in the same courthouse. The party of the president who picked a judge is not a good predictor of toughness.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I believe that it still has to do with race and socioeconomic levels. And how the judge feels about maybe the subject that they are talking about. I guarantee that a woman judge is not going to be happy if she has to sit through a court session about a man that beat his wife to the point that she almost died.....


Nicole Baxter COM 101-4080

Anonymous said...

I am surprised about the findings on this subject. I really thought there would be a presidence of sentencing for criminals. This could play politics but a think Justice is Blind. We need to update our criminal system.

Anita Falconetti
Comm 101-4049

Anonymous said...

It's really sad how true this is.. Sometimes I can't even believe it when people are let off because of "overcrowding" ... people without money never get out because of that. I think race plays a huge issue and I feel judges can be extremely bias and pretty much already know their opinion before they even hear the case.


Chelsee Henderson
Com 101 4049

Anonymous said...

Justice is absolutely biased. There were several recent stories of celebrity's trials that were completely unfair if the average citizen would have been in the court.
Brent Wilson Com 101

Karen Johnson Com 101-4080 said...

Our judicial system is not very modern. Judges are to make a decision based on the laws but clearly their own opinions play a role in determining the sentence.

Anonymous said...

This has to do with race. Our world is still very prejudice and it's about time the world woke up.

Claude Marchi com101 hn4080

Bridget West COM 101-4080 said...

I believe this has to do with MANY outside factors, other than race. As Nicole said, some of it might have to do with gender or even the nature of the crime. Many times, it has to do with the defendant's criminal history. Some of it may even have something to do with corruption. Most people will do anything for money - especially people with hard and stressful jobs who aren't being paid well enough for it.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Karen and say that we need to modernize, but also i want to add that people see punishment and justice in very different ways, one might think that just by putting a criminal behind bars is justice but another person might think that death is the best way toward justice. It is a very tough subject.

Stephanie Cardiel Com 4044

Cameron Rand com101 4044 said...

I could completly see this happening because with out a guidline on sentencing, no two judges probably treat people of the same crime the same.

Anonymous said...

every crime is different, but I have been shocked at times by how little time a criminal has had to serve for their crime. I still believe in our system, and Id rather have multiple judges rather then just one.

Chris Smith com101 sec4049

Anonymous said...

I really am not suprised by this at all. It's a judge; meaning they judge what you've done based on their "thoughts". No two judges think the same and there isn't much we can do to make this fair if there is only one big man in charge.
Breanna Linsley
com 101 4080

Anonymous said...

This is so true. I dont understand how people who commit the same crimes can get off easier depending on the judge and/or legal counsel they have. I also dislike it when people are let go because of jail/prison overcrowding. Sometimes I do feel that it has to do with race, gender and socioeconomic class. I think if two people commit the same crime, they should get the same punishment. Thats why people continue to commit the same crimes because everyone thinks that they will just get off easy.

Joseph Contreras HN 4049 COM 101