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Study shows disparity in prison sentences for black men

Wisconsin residents may be surprised to learn that according to a study by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, black men on average spend more time in prison than white men who commit the same crimes. The study looked at data from 2012 to 2016 and showed that black men served sentences that were 19.1 percent longer than white men who committed the same crimes.

Eau Claire city sign knocked down by alleged drunk driver

According to a representative from the Eau Claire Police Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol arrested a 48-year-old woman who was involved in the destruction of the city's sign on Madison Street. The arrest took place where her vehicle stopped after moving westbound on Cameron Street.

Popular rapper faces 15 charges in drunk driving incident

Rapper Fetty Wap was taken into police custody on Nov. 3 after failing a roadside sobriety test, and rap enthusiasts in Wisconsin may want to know more about events surrounding the incident. According to media sources, the "My Way" star was pulled over by New York City police following a drag-racing incident in Brooklyn. Sources say that the rapper showed police an expired driver's license during the preliminary investigation.

Study reveals that race affects plea offers and convictions

The plea offers and sentences that criminal defendants in Wisconsin ultimately receive may partially depend on whether they are black or white, according to a new study. Black people, including those who have no criminal records, are much likelier than whites to receive harsher convictions and sentences.

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