Congressman Bobby Scott's Fight for a Fair Drug Law

The sentencing difference between powder and crack cocaine is widely recognized as one of the government's most racially unequal laws. Possessing five grams of crack will get you a mandatory prison sentence of five years, while it takes 500 grams of powder (the form of cocaine more prevalent among the wealthy) to receive the same penalty. This 100-to-1 disparity partly explains why African-Americans disproportionately fill our nation's jails, yet for 24 years the policy has remained on the books -- until now...


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