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by Legal Defense Fund category: Cause
LDF is fighting to ensure that the Fair Sentencing Act -- which reduced the disparity between federal crack cocaine and powder cocaine sentences from 100:1 to 18:1 -- applies equally to everyone. The prison sentences of thousands of individuals who are still serving unfairly inflated and racially discriminatory 100:1 federal prison sentences must be corrected!
The federal government's 100:1 crack/powder sentencing
disparity was notoriously unfair and discriminatory. It was not justified by
science; there is no pharmacological difference between crack cocaine
and powder cocaine. And it was applied in a racially biased manner. White
Americans comprise more than half of all crack cocaine users and less than 10
percent of federal convictions for crack cocaine offenses. Meanwhile, African
Americans comprise nearly one-third of crack cocaine users and 82 percent of
federal convictions for crack cocaine offenses.
Congress recognized this injustice and set out to address it by passing the Fair Sentencing Act. But there are nearly 9,000 people still in prison serving sentences under the 100:1 regime, ninety percent of whom are African American. There is no reason that anyone should have to serve an unjustified and discriminatory sentence.
The FSA should apply to everyone. Help us make that a reality!
Legal Defense Fund
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