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Press Statement December 16, 2022

NAACP President Derrick Johnson on Attorney General's Move to Eliminate Crack v. Powder Cocaine Sentencing Disparities

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"The sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine has just one single purpose: to put Black Americans in jail. That's it. There is no scientific justification for prosecuting and sentencing crack and powder offenses differently. It does not make our communities safer and has simply been used as a tool to lock our community up in jail in the failed War on Drugs.

The NAACP has been advocating to eliminate this racist disparity for decades. At his 2021 confirmation hearing, Attorney General Garland said that he supported eliminating the federal sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine-related offenses. By keeping this promise, today's announcement is another step toward restoring faith in the criminal justice system for Black Americans."