Today we encourage you to support the Fair Sentencing Act SB 1010! SB 1010 would signal the end of the unfair and unjust differences in penalties for possessing for sale of crack and powder cocaine. The Senate is voting next week – please tell your State Senator to vote YES on SB 1010. Take action today!
As a society, we all bear the costs of disproportionately heavy and skewed sentences. Crack and powder cocaine are two forms of the same drug: gram for gram, there is less active drug in crack cocaine than powder cocaine. There is no justifiable reason for the difference in crack and powder cocaine sentencing, and this disparity only serves to enforce racial discrimination, segregation, and the creation of “The New Jim Crow” in our prisons.
According to the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), 98% of people entering a California prison for the possession for sale of crack cocaine are people of color. From 2005 to 2010, Blacks accounted for 77.4% of state prison commitments for possession for sale of crack cocaine (but only 6.6% of the state population), Latinos accounted for 18.1%, “Other” for 2.7%, and Whites for 1.8%.
SB 1010 is an opportunity for us all to right this wrong—to stand for equality and justice. We urge you to click here for the ACLU of Northern California’s website and email or call your state Senator—TELL THEM TO VOTE YES ON SB 1010!