July 30, 2010

Congress Votes to Deal With the Racism of Federal Cocaine Laws

Villagers may recall that we shared information about efforts to reduce (if not eliminate) the racist federal laws regarding punishment for cocaine use.

The House voted to "reduce the disparity in the sentencing of people caught with crack cocaine versus powder cocaine," altering a sentencing standard that has long been considered racist by critics. The new law will reduce sentencing disparities from 100-to-1 to 18-to-1.

I wonder why they didn't go all the way to a 1-to-1 ratio?   Shouldn't the penalty be absolutely the same for abuse of crack vs. powder cocaine?   What say u?

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