The Equal Act and the Federal Cocaine Sentencing Disparity
- 1) Prison sentences for crack cocaine offenses remain harsher than those for powder cocaine, despite their identical chemical composition.
- 2) The EQUAL Act would eliminate this disparity by increasing the threshold required to trigger a mandatory minimum sentence for crack cocaine.
- 3) Eliminating the disparity would bring public policy into line with decades of research regarding public safety, racial impact and scientific realities.
- 4) Pivoting away from the war on drugs is critical to rightsizing the justice system and holding it accountable to the people it is meant to serve.