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Crack Cocaine Sentencing

Gary Webb Was Right

Marc Levin | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Marc Levin

Gary was aiming at the government's deceptions and lies. While the Reagan administration was telling youth "Just Say No" to drugs, they were also saying "Just don't know" about their anti-communist allies involved in drug trafficking.

Saki Knafo

California Takes Overdue Stand Against 'Failed Drug Laws' | Saki Knafo | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

California lawmakers finally reformed a drug sentencing law that critics throughout the country long denounced as racist. The California Fair Sente...

Narrowing the Racial Divide in the War on Drugs

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 10.28.2014 | Latino Voices
NCLR Action Fund

Just look at the facts, and it becomes clear that America's egregious rates of incarceration of blacks and Latinos stem from the enforcement of unfair sentencing laws -- laws that are grounded in racist policy, and that are desperately in need of reform.

SB 1010: Fixing California's Racist Drug Laws

Zachary Norris | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Zachary Norris

California may get one step closer to eliminating the racist laws that unfairly target low-income communities of color for incarceration. On Thursday, the California State Assembly will vote on a bill that would eliminate groundless disparities in punishment for possession of crack cocaine and powder cocaine for sale.

Feds Can Undo Even More of the Damage They Did in the Drug War

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The majority of those who deal and use crack cocaine and other drugs weren't violence-prone gang members, but poor and increasingly female, young blacks. They clearly needed treatment not long prison stretches.

Obama Clemency Plan for Drug Law Offenders Is Welcome News

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Anthony Papa

As someone who received executive clemency from the governor of New York in 1997, I know personally the power of such an extraordinary act of mercy to people who have already served enormous amounts of time imprisoned under unjust drug laws.

ReThink Interview: Eugene Jarecki, Director of The House I Live In

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.03.2012 | Crime
Jonathan Kim

Eugene Jarecki's powerful documentary The House I Live In looks at the human consequences of the drug war's failure, which has left the African American community as collateral damage.

Remove the Knife and Heal the Wound: No More Crack/Powder Disparities

Carl L. Hart | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics
Carl L. Hart

I have given thousands of doses of crack cocaine to people -- as part of my research. To punish crack offenses more harshly than powder offenses is like punishing more harshly those who are caught smoking marijuana than those caught eating marijuana-laced brownies.

Cracking the Disparities: The Ongoing Battle for Fairness in Crack Sentencing

Nkechi Taifa, Esq. | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics
Nkechi Taifa, Esq.

Despite improvements by Congress, the Sentencing Commission, the Department of Justice and the Supreme Court, the fight for fairness and justice in crack cocaine sentencing is not over.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Weighs Fate Of Crack Dealers | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A couple of convicted crack cocaine dealers caught between old and new sentencing regimes had their cases argued before the Supreme Cour...

New Government Report Criticizes Mandatory Minimums

Julie Stewart | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Julie Stewart

Our federal prisons are already operating at 140 percent of their capacity. To slow this problem, the report urges Congress to avoid passing new laws that will waste expensive prison space on low-risk offenders.

John Rudolf

Drug Sentencing Reforms Halt Decades of Prison Population Growth | John Rudolf | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK -- In 1986, as the crack cocaine epidemic ravaged America's inner cities, a Democratic Congress passed legislation dictating harsh mandatory ...

ACLU & Elon James White: Just Say NO to the War On Drugs

Elon James White | Posted 08.31.2011 | Comedy
Elon James White


Justice Is Served

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Following much thought and careful deliberation, the United States Sentencing Commission took another step toward creating fairness in federal sentencing.

Sentencing Disparity On Its Way Out -- And It's About Time

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Somewhere in a U.S. prison today, a young Black man sits behind bars counting down the days till he sees freedom. He has become hardened and likely more dangerous while his White cellmate was released years prior for virtually the same crime.

Cracks in the System Remain Despite Landmark Cocaine Sentencing Reform

Hamedah Hasan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hamedah Hasan

The president can exercise his executive clemency power to right historical wrongs by commuting the remaining sentences of those of us who have fallen through the cracks. I hope he does.

Well Done Congress, Now Make Fair Sentencing Act Retroactive

Julie Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Stewart

Congress ignored the temptation of "soft on crime" mudslinging and instead listened to the public, the experts, the courts, and the people who have lost to these racially discriminatory and overly harsh crack sentences.

Lucia Graves

Crack-Powder Sentencing Disparity: Whites Get Probation, Blacks Get A Decade Behind Bars | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Before coming to Capitol Hill, Rep. Keith Ellison spent 16 years as a trial lawyer dealing with hundreds of cases involving cocaine arrests. After Pre...

Lamar Smith Derides Reduction Of Crack-Cocaine Sentencing Disparity As Damaging To Minorities (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congress passed a historic ruling Wednesday, voting on a Senate-approved measure to pare down a massively prejudiced 100-to-1 sentencing disparity in ...

On The Cusp of History

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Anyone who works on reforming the criminal justice system can attest to the fact that such efforts often take years of commitment and dedication befor...

A Bittersweet Moment

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Late on Wednesday evening, the U.S. Senate passed, by unanimous consent no less, a long-overdue bill that will help to reform one of the most egreg...

Senate Panel Approves Weakened Cocaine Sentencing Bill

The American Prospect | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Earlier this morning, Sen. Dick Durbin announced that he and Sen. Jeff Sessions had reached a "compromise" in the Senate gym over Durbin's bill, which...

Obama's 2010 Drug Control Strategy

Bill Piper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Piper

President Obama spoke for millions when he said drug use should be treated as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue. He has failed, however, to change the drug war budget in a meaningful way.

Eric Holder Speaks Frankly On Gitmo, Crack Sentencing, Race

Essence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The walls inside the U.S. Justice Department headquarters are painted with themed murals depicting law and lawlessness (a couple being robbed at gunpo...

Former Baseball Star Willie Aikens Testifies Before Congress on Crack Cocaine Disparity

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

Sentencing disparities between powder and crack cocaine cases have produced the greatest racial disparity in the American criminal justice system.