I hate to say this, but I think it may be true they're not be shown preferential treatment. I was on a jury for a three-strike drug dealer, and we found him guilty of many counts. I went back at least three times, maybe four (it kept getting delayed) to see what his sentence would be, so I watched probably about 30 defendents get sentenced while waiting. What an eye-opener that was. One after the other, bam, bam, bam, their sentences were reduced from felonies to misdemeanors, from six-month sentences to serving one day, etc. It's a sad state of affairs. I also learned when someone gets 10 years for something, you can figure they'll serve 1/3 of the sentence because of over-crowding and/or good behavior while incarcerated (don't get me started). It's frightening and depressing all at the same time.