United States
Punishment and Prejudice: Racial Disparities in the War on Drugs
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Focus on Human Rights - Racial Disparities in the War on Drugs
Key Findings At a Glance
Top Ten Worst Offenders
Key Recommendations


Uregnt Actions Needed
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Key Recommendations from Human Rights Watch

  • repeal mandatory minimum sentencing laws for drug offenders;
  • increase the availability of alternative sanctions;
  • eliminate different sentencing structures for powder cocaine and crack cocaine;
  • increase the use of drug courts;
  • increase the availability of substance abuse treatment; and
  • eliminate racial profiling;
  • require police to keep and make public statistics on the race of arrested drug offenders and the location of the arrests.