Will the recall cause longer sentences for minority defendants? - Recall Judge Aaron Persky

Will the recall cause longer sentences for minority defendants?

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Some critics have argued that other judges, seeing the public reaction to Persky’s decision, will respond by lengthening sentences for minority defendants. But, it is the very fact that judges like Persky often exercise “discretion” in favor of defendants like Brock Turner that preserves a system in which poor and minority defendants receive long sentences to which the Brock Turners of the world will never have to be subject. Indeed, just a few weeks before granting probation for Brock Turner, Judge Persky approved a sentence of three years for a Latino man charged with very similar crimes.