Attorney General Eric Holder expressed his concern with the number of African-American men who are serving longer sentences than white men for similar crimes. During his speech delivered at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Conference on Thursday, Holder told the audience, “I am concerned by a troubling report … which indicates that — in recent years — black male offenders have received sentences that are nearly 20 percent longer than those imposed on white males convicted of similar crimes.” The “troubling report” he is referencing is a recent report from the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
According to the report, black men found guilty between December 2007 and September 2011 received sentences that were a whopping 19.5 percent longer than white men found guilty for similar crimes.