Drug Policy Alliance: California Fair Sentencing Act that Addresses Racial Disparities in Crack and Powder Cocaine Sentencing Passes Out of Assembly

August 15, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA — Facing its final Assembly hearing, the California Fair Sentencing Act (SB 1010) authored by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) won approval today.

Mitchell’s bill will correct the groundless disparity in sentencing, probation and asset forfeiture guidelines for possession of crack cocaine for sale versus the same crime involving powder cocaine that has resulted in a pattern of racial discrimination in sentencing and incarceration in California. SB 1010 returns to the Senate for a final procedural vote before being sent to the Governor.

Source: http://www.drugpolicy.org/news/2014/08/california-fair-sentencing-act-addresses-racial-disparities-crack-and-powder-cocaine-se