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When it comes to sentencing

When it comes to sentencing - , . .'srace, ar

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When it comes to sentencing, the poor generally receive tougher penalties and longer prison terms  than do the more affluent convicted of the same crimes. The race of the victims seems to play a role  in the harshness of sentencing as well. Regardless of the murderer's race, those murdering whites  are more likely to receive the death sentence than those killing minorities. Nonetheless, the criminal justice system and prison system serve society in several potentially useful  ways:  By being placed in jail, convicted criminals receive “just rewards,” or retribution, for their  crimes. Prisons ideally should deter crimes. As the theory goes, prisons are supposed to keep  released criminals from offending again and potential criminals from committing crimes. The  social research on this question of deterrence provides mixed results. Prison seems to deter 
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