Huffington Post: SB 1010: Fixing California's Racist Drug Laws

August 12, 2014

This week, California may get one step closer to eliminating the racist laws that unfairly target low-income communities of color for incarceration. On Thursday, the California State Assembly will vote on a bill that would eliminate groundless disparities in punishment for possession of crack cocaine and powder cocaine for sale. Over the years, differences in enforcement and sentencing have resulted in clear racial discrimination, despite approximately similar rates of use of crack cocaine.

Introduced by State Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), the California Fair Sentencing Act would make the sentences and probation guidelines for possession of crack cocaine for sale equivalent to the same crime involving powder cocaine.