A judge felt sorry for a hate crime racist who broke a black man's jaw so she went easy on him

Those who occupy positions of power have no reason to push back against ever-harsher punitive sentences when those sentences are only ever applied to “other people” instead of to people within their own peer groups.


I agree with your core tenet that our criminal justice system needs revamped to be more compassionate. But I’ll save my sympathy for Black people killed just for living their lives. When the Philando Castilles and Breonna Taylors of the world survive their encounters with law enforcement, then I’ll worry about this asshole who assaulted an innocent man for being the “wrong” race maybe getting too much time. I find my level of compassion has limits right now and I’m going to keep on practicing triage.


hey now. no one in the sackler family will ever get jail time at all, despite all the death and misery they’re responsible for.

neither will executives at citibank or wells fargo for stealing people’s money and homes. murderous cops aren’t going to jail - even when the evidence is clear.

no, if we loved incarceration we’d be locking up all of them, and probably a whole bunch of kids too.

oh wait. we are sending kids to jail!? well, huh. what about that?

Between 2003 and 2013 the rate of youth committed to juvenile facilities fell by 47 percent… Despite this remarkable achievement, youth of color remain far more likely to be committed than white youth. The racial gap between black and white youth in increased by 15% [ over the same period ]

au contraire. we can see the judge did take into account his “background”, and we can see it fits into the well established statistical pattern that plagues our system: it’s called racism.



It appears we have a fundamental disagreement about the utility of incarceration, and whether this defendant getting more than three years in prison (in addition to his co-defendant getting ten) would do anything to remedy the very real inequities of unjust/excessive sentencing in other instances.

By the way, since you cited them earlier, you should know the Sentencing Project are wonderful people. The work they do to reduce incarceration is invaluable, especially the strides they’ve made in restoring voting rights for those convicted of felonies. I would invite you to reach out to the people at the Sentencing Project to ask whether this judge did something wrong in this case, and whether they think increasing incarceration for defendants like this or snarky stories about judges who “felt sorry” for defendants helps or hurts the goals of decreasing the prison population.

it certainly doesn’t when the recipients of judical largesse falls primarily on the same group of people least likely to wind up in the court room, or even arrested in the first place

do i want cops to shoot all people less? yes. but more importantly, i want them to stop killing black people with impunity. same goes for incarceration

#allconvictsmatter is not an effective stance when conviction and long sentences fall on one particular group disproportionately, nor when white racists are given disproportionately lesser sentences


With all due respect, we know for certain that the normalization of excessive prison sentences and hang-em-high judges are most definitely not an effective way to fight our love affair with incarceration and the systemic racism inherent in our system.

My suggestion above was not facetious, by the way. If you’re curious what the people at the Sentencing Project think about this, I encourage you to reach out and ask.

thanks. i also encourage you to pickup the book i suggested if you haven’t before. it doesn’t seem you’re willing to acknowledge the racism behind sentencing in america, and so that book might give you a new perspective.


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