Darrell Padgett: How prisonz are the new Black Codez

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August 18, 2015 by socialaction2014

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by Darrell Padgett

When Congress enacted the crack law, it did not rely on any scientific data to support its rationale for penalizing defendants 100 times more severe for possessing crack than defendants that possessed powder cocaine. In fact, Congress arrived at the 100-to-1 punitive ratio based on a mutual agreement, even though the pharmacological evidence explains there are no differences in the two forms of the same drug.

When the pharmacological evidence was presented to Congress, Congress disavowed it, even though the United States Sentencing Commission strongly recommended that the punishment for crack be lowered to the same penalty for powder cocaine. Nonetheless, Congress stonewalled!

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has stated that during the early stages of enforcement of the crack law, 100 percent of the people that was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to federal prison were African Americans. During that time, many…

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