A “Crack” in the System: The Sentencing Disparity Between Powder and Crack Cocaine Introduction: American domestic policy towards drug-offenders throughout the Twentieth century could be described as puritanical at best. For much of the last century. The United States has adopted a strict policy of heavy sentences for drug users, even when it was clear that those drug-abusers were in possession of a controlled substance for personal use. The last few decades have seen a growing change in this philosophy, as drug addiction becomes even more rampant and our jails and prisons have become clogged with minor drug offenders. Nevertheless, the stigma attached to certain substances seems to be so powerful, like crack cocaine, that sentences for...The end:
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