racial disparity

Ask your member of Congress to support H.R. 3713, the Sentencing Reform Act. Background: Decades of overly harsh sentences, particularly mandatory minimums, have led to a dramatic increase in the incarcerated population in the U.S. Our country now incarcerates more people than any other in the world. Unfair sentences have affected millions of families across…

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The United States currently incarcerates an estimated 2.2 million people, a staggering amount given the total global prison population. While the U.S. has only 5 percent of the world’s population, we have 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated prison population. This disparity has attracted interest in recent years. However, too often another aspect of our…

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Such a stark disparity has contributed to a criminal justice system which fosters disproportionate punishments mostly affecting African American communities. For example, in 2007 African Americans were only 25% of crack users, but represented 81% of those convicted for crack offenses.