Crack Retroactivity - Obama/Edwards For, Hillary Against
by rosebowl, Sat Dec 01, 2007 at 04:27:55 PM EST
Brown And Black Presidential Forum:
Wow, Hillary just came out against retroactivity for crack and powder cocaine sentences. Given how many young men and women languish in the New York prison system due to these harsh sentences, Hillary's position is really astonishing.
The Sentencing Project has long been pushing for reforms in our justice system.
Why we need to reform the system?The average sentence for a crack cocaine offense in 2003 was more than 10 years; three and a half years longer than the average penalty involving powder cocaine. · 80.8% of people serving time for crack cocaine offenses are African American, despite the fact that more than two-thirds of crack cocaine users in the U.S. are white or Hispanic. · African Americans serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offense (58.7 months) as whites do for a violent offense (61.7 months). · In 2000, 72% of crack cocaine defendants prosecuted in the federal system were low-level drug offenders who operated as street-level dealers, couriers or lookouts. http://sentencingproject.org/AdvocacyMaterialDetails.aspx?AdvocacyMaterialID=64
Kudos to Obama and Edwards for taking the humane and progressive approach.