“Florida’s broken sentencing system Designed for fairness, it fails to account for prejudice”

By By Josh Salman, Emily Le Coz and Elizabeth Johnson Graphics and site development by Jennifer Borresen and Dak Le. Photos and video by Dan Wagner


“Justice has never been blind when it comes to race in Florida. Blacks were first at the mercy of slave masters. Then came Jim Crow segregation and the Ku Klux Klan. Now, prejudice wears a black robe. Half a century after the civil rights movement, trial judges throughout Florida sentence blacks to harsher punishment than whites, a Herald-Tribune investigation found.