Criminal Justice

While justice is said to be blind, that is not the case for many African-Americans who complain of maltreatment by the system. The Fair Sentencing Act reduces the disparity between penalties for crack vs. powder cocaine sentencing and eliminates mandatory minimum sentences for crack possession. There are calls to renew protections against racial profiling and improve access to treatment, counseling and employment for ex-offenders. 

Criminal Justice

Candidates on Criminal Justice

President Obama has promised to build a fairer criminal justice system. He pushed for stronger federal hate-crime legislation and called for an end to racial profiling. He supports funding for drug courts, giving first-time, non-violent offenders a chance to serve their sentence in drug rehabilitation programs. 

Mitt Romney has often touted his “get-tough” crime policy, but his track-record as governor of Massachusetts was moderate.