Prison Sentences

March 4, 2012 - 11:47 AM
FILE - In this July 25, 2007 file photo, a line of prisoners in leg shackles, handcuffs and waist chains are processed through the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center in Lexington, Okla. A new study shows that federal judges are handing out widely disparate sentences for similar crimes 30 years after Congress tried to create fairer results, but the differences don't line up with the party of the president who appointed the judges, despite any impressions that Republicans or Democrats may be tougher or softer on crime. (AP Photo, File)