Quarter-century-old law subjected tens of thousands of Blacks to long prison terms for crack cocaine convictions
By Chris Levister –
Addressing what both Democrats and Republicans agreed was a quarter-century old injustice in drug sentencing, Congress passed historic legislation that reduces the inequity between mandatory sentencing for crack and powder cocaine. The law many considered blatantly racist has subjected tens of thousands of Blacks to long prison terms for crack cocaine convictions while giving far more lenient treatment to those, mainly whites, caught with the powder form of the drug.
The Obama administration has called the sentencing disparity “fundamentally unfair”.
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