A recent decision by the U.S. Sentencing Commission will help ensure that over 12,000 people — 85 percent of whom are African-Americans — will have the opportunity to have their sentences for crack cocaine offenses reviewed by a federal judge and possibly reduced.
Check out this great piece by the ACLU's Laura Murphy in the Huffington Post commenting on on the decision
This decision is but one major victory in what has been a much larger, and terribly devastating "war" on drugs.
The ACLU has been doing a series of blogs to highlight the 40th anniversary of this failed, multi-decade "war on drugs" that has resulted in tremedous overincarceration, racial and gender inequities and countless ruined lives and fractured families. It has also cost our nation roughly a trillion dollars.
that's right - a TRILLION dollars despite the fact that there has been no noticable impact on supply or demand and no reduction in drug use, availability or dependency.