Crack cocaine and powder cocaine are two forms of the same drug. Despite this, under federal law we impose the same harsh penalties for the possession of one amount of crack cocaine and an amount of powder cocaine that is 18 times larger. This makes it much easier to trigger a mandatory minimum for sale of crack cocaine than if the same offense were committed with powder cocaine.
This disparity is not based in science and has a racially discriminatory impact. Congress should eliminate the disparity and apply the reform retroactively so all people get fair sentences.
On January 27, Sens. Cory Booker and Dick Durbin announced the EQUAL Act, which would end this sentencing disparity and apply the equal penalties retroactively. This bill will be considered in the U.S. Senate in the coming months, and a similar bill will be considered in the U.S. House. FAMM supports this bill.
Take Action: Call your U.S. Senators at 844-899-8819 in support of the Equal Act. You can use the script below:
My name is (your name) I’m calling to ask that (your U.S. senators) support the Equal Act. There is no reason to treat crack and powder cocaine differently, and doing so has an especially harmful impact on Black and poor communities. Inequality like this can cause people to lose trust and respect for the criminal justice system, making everyone less safe.
You can learn more about the crack disparity and why it’s so important in FAMM’s fight for true criminal justice reform.