Crack Cocaine, Racism

Fact: Until recently, pharmacologically identical cocaine and crack cocaine were sentenced at a disparity of 100:1. Today it is 18:1.

Source: Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)

Fact: From 1988 to 1995, not a single white person was brought to trial under crack provisions in 17 states – including the cities of Chicago, Miami, L.A., Dallas, Boston, and Denver.

Source: Alec Karakatsanis, “Why US v Blewett is the Obama Justice Department’s greatest shame,” The Guardian


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