In this video, Joe Biden is explaining why he wrote a law that treated crack cocaine as significantly worse than powder cocaine. Biden’s law ended up disproportionately imprisoning African Americans for decades. He says someone doing crack was fundamentally different than someone sniffing cocaine ‘in a neighborhood as beautiful as this’ — suggesting that white ‘beautiful’ suburban neighborhoods do not deserve the same publishment as neighborhoods in the inner city.
The definition of systemic: relating to a system, especially as opposed to a particular part. Senator Biden’s bill, that required much stronger penalties for crack cocaine than for powder cocaine, meets that definition.
One of the more consequential of Biden’s laws was the ‘100-1’ rule, so named because it required a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for trafficking in 500 grams of powder cocaine or five grams of crack.
Biden acknowledges that he drafted the legislation that created the 100:1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. At the time Biden celebrated his accomplishment, but, as the Washington Post said:
Let’s be clear here.
The Washington Post is saying:
- Joe Biden is the author of one of the most racists sentencing policies on record.
- Joe Biden created policies that disproportionately imprisoned Blacks.
Fortunately, that was corrected by the First Step Act advocated for and signed by President Trump in December of 2018. Trump’s law, among other reforms, eliminated the distinction between crack and cocaine.
The First Step Act also gave federal judges more leeway when sentencing some drug offenders and power boost prisoner rehabilitation efforts. Another provision allowed federal prisoners sentenced for crack cocaine offenses before August 2010 the opportunity to petition for a reduced penalty for good behavior.
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