The 80’s were rife with crack wars and cities in peril over the massive invasion of the drug. The paraphernalia of crack use came in the forms of orphaned children, drive-bys, astronomical murder rates, and as a result, extreme drug convictions. The Clinton administration, while feeding the black community with one hand, formed an iron fist with the other when building the legislation that “cracked” down on drug offenses. It has long been contested that the penalty for crack offenses vs. cocaine was drastically uneven and disproportionately targeted black men. While that may be true, I wonder if anyone said, “Hey, maybe we shouldn’t sell crack anymore.”
Now, largely against Bush’s wishes, the legislation has been amended to lessen the penalties for crack possession. They’ve even reviewed cases retroactively in an effort to either reduce sentences or give “time served” to some and release them. Once released, in this economy, what’s the odds of crack dealers returning to their business as usual? Especially, since the sentencing for crack offenses are now less severe.
If you ask me, they could crack down on all crimes and make punishments more severe across the board. Until they do, we will remain victims of crime. What’s wrong with the punishments of other countries? You steal something, they chop off your hand. You rape someone or sexually assault a child…well, you know what they have to chop off then. Read the new policies on crack, while putting together your own list of punishments to submit to your local congressman.