How Crack Vs. Coke Sentencing Unfairly Targets Poor People: Exploring the US Fair sentencing Act

In the United States, Crack cocaine sentencing is a provision in the Cocaine and Federal Sentencing Policy.

What made it significant is the fact that it has drawn a lot of controversy and criticism due to its allegedly harsh policies that sort of hit the sensibilities of human rights activists.


What had been the reason why crack cocaine sentencing provisions triggered such a wave of restlessness in society?

For one, it is because of the seeming harshness of the rules on Black Americans. It was recorded that since the crack cocaine sentencing provisions have been effected, there was an 11 to 50% discrepancy rate, at a rate higher for Blacks, between blacks who were sentenced and whites as well.

There were also critics who argue that the strict policies and penalties are not really that effective in abating the problem of crack cocaine addiction and proliferation, because of all those suspects who were caught, only a mere five to six percent are really the big time drug syndicates.

At the same time, crack cocaine sentencing was made popular because of the penalty that awaits even those who were just caught in possession of crack cocaine. If you were caught with at least 5 grams of the drug, you will be sentenced to not lower than five years in prison.

Also, right now, most of those who were caught in the business of trafficking the drug get at least ten and a half years prison term. That is, to note, these suspects are actually just first time offenders or those who with no criminal record

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