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    Reducing punishment for crack cocaine sales, distribution, and possession promotes further criminal activity of all forms. The object of our efforts and devotion should be the many innocent victims, and not the drug users and dealers!

     
    The object of our efforts and devotion should be the innocent victims of crack cocaine -- children who are seduced by it or addicted even before birth, and law abiding citizens whose communities are devastated by its effects.

    http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-calif-senate-votes-to-equalize-penalties-for-sale-of-powder-crack-cocaine-20140527-story.html

    “Calif. Senate votes to reduce penalties for sale of crack cocaine” by PATRICK MCGREEVY, LA TIMES, MAY 29, 2014

    Selected Excerpts:

    1. “In my opinion, the only practical solution to the racial disparity in cocaine sentencing, and to a failed but unending and costly drug war, is to lower the penalties associated with both forms while investing in effective prevention and rehabilitation to reduce demand," Mitchell told her colleagues.

    2. Opponents include the California Narcotics Officers Assn. and the California Police Chiefs Assn. which argued for raising penalties for powder cocaine trafficking. “Candidly, the damages done to individuals, families and neighborhoods by virtue of cocaine trafficking are severe,” the chiefs said in a letter to senators. “Although we support equalizing the penalty structures, we do not believe that drug traffickers - who visit real harm on communities - should be the beneficiaries of legislation that equalizes the penalty structure.”

    http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB1010

    3. By reducing prison sentences, the state can save millions of dollars, according to a legislative analysis.

    Black elected leaders….saving taxpayer’s dollars by reducing the sentences for crack cocaine sales, distribution, and possession does not make the Black community a safer, a more productive community and/or reduce the probability of further criminal activity associated with Crack Cocaine trafficking. Reducing punishment for crack cocaine sales, distribution, and possession promotes further criminal activity of all forms.

    The Black community has the highest unemployment rate of any other community. Crack cocaine addicts are more likely to steal, rob, and/or violate the property rights of other U.S. born Blacks who are employed or who own property. In addition, Black women crack addicts engage in prostitution, you name it, to obtain money or the equivalent to support crack cocaine addiction, which has, and continues to increase the likelihood of the break-up of the traditional Black family structure.

    http://www.dol.gov/dol/aboutdol/history/moynchapter2.htm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duoxpp3J5w8

    YouTube: “Colombia's crack cocaine crisis” by AFP news agency

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGDodsuRgtc

    YouTube: "Urban Youths" Ran "Soul Food" Restaurant as a Front for a Drug Distribution Network” by ColorOfCrimeUSA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfEoTx-7p2A

    YouTube: “Freeway Ricky Ross discusses the early crack cocaine history of Los Angeles” by StreetGangs.com

    It is certain that actual drug dealers, and suppliers must be celebrating. Reducing the penalties associated with Crack Cocaine will make it easier for the perpetrators to conduct business.

    4. SB 1010 is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, California Public Defenders Assn., California State Conference of the NAACP. and Lynne Lyman of the Drug Policy Alliance.

    http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB1010

    http://sd26.senate.ca.gov/district

    Introduced by Senator Mitchell

    http://sd09.senate.ca.gov/district

    http://asmdc.org/members/a17/district/17th-district-map/17th-district-map

    http://asmdc.org/members/a64/district/district-map

    http://asmdc.org/members/a59/district/district-map

    http://asmdc.org/members/a20/district/district-map

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPgmqdEnfMQ

    YouTube: “Crack Cocaine House” by Drug Documentaries

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBmK5UAc584

    YouTube: “80's Crack Epidemic”

    Amen to the Power of Infinity. Crack Cocaine trafficking and its' associated criminal activity has been and continues to be devastating to law abiding inner-city residents.

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1132426

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1133994

    Elected Black leaders at various jurisdictions of government, don’t intend to uplift and/or competently serve U.S. born Blacks or the Black community.

    Constructively serve inner-city Blacks would require respect for the Constitution, the Oath of Office, etc., to serve law abiding Black men, women, and children to hold agents and officials of government accountable for violating the rights of U.S. born Blacks, promoting “Free Enterprise”…i.e…private business investment to create work opportunity to reduce high unemployment in the Black community, improving the quality of life, etc., none of which is associated with reducing penalties associated with "Crack Cocaine".
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    http://www.sarnia.com/groups/antidrug/experts/crackdwn.html
    "Why a Crack Crackdown Isn't Unjust"- by Wayne J. Roques, a retired Drug Enforcement Administration agent, WSJ, April 29, 1997

    Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court injected some reason into the debate over alleged racial disparity in sentencing for crack cocaine vs. powder cocaine. The justices let stand the 10-year prison sentence of Duane Edwards, a black man convicted for selling 126 grams of crack to an undercover officer for $3,400. Edwards's lawyers had argued that their client was a victim of discrimination because a conviction for the sale of an equal amount (in weight, not dollars) of powdered cocaine -- a drug preferred by non-minorities -- would have garnered a lighter sentence.
    Prison reformers and advocates of drug legalization have played this race card in an effort to divide and conquer those who demand that drug traffickers be held accountable for their crimes. Unfortunately, two prominent black leaders, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rep. Charles Rangel (D., N.Y.), have bought into this scam and declared the sentencing laws racist.
    Yet Messrs. Jackson and Rangel held a news conference in 1986 demanding that the
    federal government do something about the crack epidemic that was raging through inner-city neighborhoods. They understood that the introduction of this cheap, rapidly addicting form of cocaine posed a particular danger to the weakest denizens of those areas. Mr. Rangel, in fact, voted for the statute imposing tougher sentences for crack cocaine. Now, it appears that these two gentlemen have forgotten whence the statute came.....

    Do tough crack sentences discriminate against blacks? Consider: A comprehensive 1991 study revealed that of 2,980 federal crack cocaine prisoners, 2,513 (84%) were black and 467 were non-black. (The most recent figure available for the number of federal prisoners incarcerated for crack charges is 3,771 -- out of roughly 100,000 total federal prisoners--in 1995.) Crack defendants are a small percentage of drug criminals behind federal bars. The same 1991 study found that there were 16,528 federal powder cocaine prisoners, of whom only 4,439 (27%) were black. And of 6,015 federal prisoners serving time for marijuana charges, only 442 (8%) were black.

    ...The crack cocaine law is not racist. It was enacted to permit federal agents to lend their enforcement efforts to combatting the growing crack cocaine menace.....

    ....Do these numbers reflect discrimination against the non-black marijuana and powder cocaine criminals? Or is it simply reflective of who is involved at the upper levels of organizations trafficking in each of these drugs?

    And the most important question is this: Why are we focussing all this time and energy on the "plight" of drug criminals? The object of our efforts and devotion should be the victims of crack cocaine -- children who are seduced by it or addicted even before birth, and law abiding citizens whose communities are devastated by its effects--not those who profit by the misery and harm they visit on our society.

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