Stop Discriminatory Sentencing

Mar 26 2008

Misguided politicians and their "war on drugs" have created a national disaster: 1 in 9 Black men between the ages of 20 and 34 are now behind bars (and 1 in 15 Black adults overall). It's a man-made disaster, fueled by unfair sentencing rules.

These rules treat 5 grams of crack cocaine—the kind common in poor Black communities—the same as 500 grams of powder cocaine, the kind prevalent in White and wealthier communities.

Tell Congress to challenge unequal justice right now by ending unfair sentencing laws.

UPDATE: In July 2010, Congress passed the Fair Sentencing Act, which narrowed the 100:1 disparity between sentences for crack and powder cocaine offenses to 18:1. ColorOfChange members had been a major grassroots force in this fight, with 60,000 of them calling on Congress to eliminate the disparity entirely and make sentences for crack cocaine offenses equal to those for powder cocaine.

UPDATE II: In June 2011, the United States Sentencing Commission voted to apply the 2010 crack cocaine guideline retroactively. The vote means that approximately 12,000 people currently serving time for federal crack offenses are eligible to have their sentences reduced -- a major victory in the fight to reform unjust drug sentencing laws.

This campaign has concluded.

Areas: Criminal Justice