Coming in the Sunday News-Times

An elderly New Milford woman who embezzled nearly three-quarters of a million dollars from customers at a New Milford bank serves only one day in jail.

A teenaged Danbury man caught stealing $20,000 from a Brookfield home gets two years in prison.

Is this right? Is it fair?

On the surface, sentencing of individuals found guilty of crimes may seem inequitable, but there are a lot of variables that go into the penalties assessed in the American jurisprudence system.

The News-Times is exploring the factors that go into sentencing of defendants, including the person's background, skin color and financial status, how many crimes the individual has committed, whether he or she has the ability to make restitution, the victim's position on sentencing and whether the case is prosecuted in state or federal court.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the Sunday, July 4 News-Times for this exclusive report.