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November 2017 Archives

Black men receive longer sentences for same crimes: study

In Texas and across the United States, Black men can often receive longer sentences than white men, even when both are convicted of the same crime. A study by the U.S. Sentencing Commission has shown that Black men serve sentences that average 19.1 percent longer than white men convicted of similar crimes. The study reviewed sentencing and prison data from 2012 or 2016.

What happens if you blow less than 0.08 on a breathalyzer?

In every state, a blood alcohol level of 0.08 is the standard police use to determine if someone is driving while under the influence of alcohol. However, it was not always set at 0.08. In the past, some states had it at 1.0 or even 1.5. Some groups even insist the limit needs to go even lower to further reduce drunk driving

Texas vehicle stop leads to discovery of 272 pounds of marijuana

A trooper that pulled a vehicle over on Nov. 1 in Texas for a minor traffic violation discovered 272 pounds of marijuana, according to media reports. The Texas Department of Public Safety reports that the 33-year-old Bishop man that was behind the wheel of the vehicle and his 35-year-old female passenger were both taken into custody on drug possession charges and transported to a detention facility in Hidalgo County following the discovery.

How race plays a role in the justice system

If a person in Texas or anywhere else in America accepts a plea, it may mean reduced penalties compared to being found guilty at trial. However, accepting a plea also means that a person has a criminal conviction on his or her record. It also may mean dealing with other consequences that come with a criminal record or spending time on probation. Furthermore, research suggests that race may play a role in what type of plea terms are offered.