These innocent people have spent more time in jail than Brock Turner faces

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A former Stanford swimmer named Brock Turner who was discovered raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster last January was sentenced to just six months in county jail and probation in early June. Although prosecutors recommended that Turner receive a six year sentence, judge Aaron Perksy sentenced him to six months in county jail and probation because "a prison sentence would have a severe impact on him."

Turner's severely shortened sentence caused widespread outrage and forced many to take a deeper examination of the justice system that allowed this to happen.

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There have been many comparisons of Brock Turner's case to the case of Corey Batey, a Vanderbilt football player who raped an unconscious woman on his college campus. Batey was found guilty of one count of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery and must serve a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 to 25 years in prison. Turner was found guilty of two charges of sexual assault and one charge of assault with intent to rape and sentenced to six months in county jail. Batey is black and Turner is white.

A recent report by The Sentencing Project discovered that in state prisons, blacks are incarcerated at 5.1 times the rate of whites. Not only are black people being incarcerated at higher rates, but they are receiving longer sentences according to an analysis by the U.S. Sentencing Commission Prison that discovered sentences of black men were about 20% longer than those of white men who committed similar crimes.

Although the comparison to Corey Batey shows how race can affect a prison sentence, what's even more revealing is the amount of innocent black men who have served more time in jail than Brock Turner - the convicted rapist - will serve for his crime.

According to an analysis of 297 DNA exonerations by The Innocence Project, minorities make up approximately 70% of those proven innocent through DNA testing. Black people make up the majority of exonerations , accounting for 63% of those exonerated by DNA testing.

While these facts show a glaring racial disparity in America's criminal justice system, nothing more shows this than the stories of innocent people who have served time in jail for crimes they did not commit.

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James Bain spent 35 years in prison, more time than any other American exonerated through DNA evidence. In 1974, 19-year-old Bain was convicted of rape, kidnapping, and burglary and sentenced to life in prison. He was exonerated from the crime through DNA evidence and released in 2009 at the age of 54.

(AP Photo/Michael Wilson, Pool)

Andre Hatchett spent 25 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Hatchett was exonerated of the second-degree murer of Neda Mae Carter in Brooklyn due to an inadequate defense, an unreliable witness, and exculpatory evidence, according to the innocence project.

(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Kennedy Brewer, right, is hugged by a friend, moments after a circuit court judge exonerated him for the kidnapping and murder of a 3-year-old girl, Friday, Feb. 15, 2008 in Macon, Miss. Brewer, now 36, is the first person to be exonerated in Mississippi as a result of post-conviction DNA testing. Another man has allegedly confessed to the brutal crime. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Like Kennedy Brewer, Levon Brooks served 16 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit. When DNA tests cleared Kennedy Brewer of nearly identical murder that happened in the same town, the true perpetrator of that crime  confessed to committing both murders which cleared Brooks.

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, file)

The Ford Heights Four - Verneal JimersonDennis WIlliamsKenny Adams, and Willie Rainge (not pictured) - a group of four young men were convicted of a 1978 Chicago murder and rape. The men all spent 11 to 18 years in prison before DNA evidence exonerated them of the crime. 

(AP Photo/Michale S. Green)

Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam, (not pictured), Antron McCray, (not pictured), and Korey Wise (not pictured), are known as the Central Park Five. The five black and Latino teenagers all served 12 years for a rape they did not commit. After police coercion and false confessions they were convicted of the crime. In 2002, DNA results cleared the men of the crime. 

(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Eddie Bolden was fired after serving 22 years in prison for two murders he did not commit. Bolden was convicted on the testimony of one eyewitness who identified him as the gunman. In April 2016 charges against him were dropped when three eyewitnesses testified that Bolden was inside a  restaurant at the time of the murders.

"I just didn't accept the life sentence. They said I had life, I didn't say I had life. And I worked on coming home," Bolden said when released.

(Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)


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