Where Is The Justice? Essay

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Where Is The Justice?

Is it time to change the law? The US laws were changed instantly trough out the years, but not all of them. There are some concepts in law that are should be changed due to discovering new facts and circumstances about some of the crimes. For instance, the crimes that are involved cocaine have different types of penalties such as the felonies that contain powder cocaine are punished less severe than crack cocaine offenses. Therefore, the average crack cocaine sentences have been about 10 years, but for the powder cocaine sentences are seven years. Thus people who deal with crack cocaine as few as 5 grams get five year mandatory minimum prison term when those who ...view middle of the document...

The commission’s research also showed that crack’s use has never reached the epidemic level, and the violent crimes because of its consumption have not raised more than other drugs as it was expected (“Houston Chronicle”). Moreover, the crack has not been exported and imported as a large narcotic traffic because most of the crack offenders were street dealers or minor couriers.
The current consequences of crack felonies which were made in 1980’s mostly affect minorities, and the laws should not be based on race. It is known that cocaine is not a cheap type of drugs. However, as it has been said above the crack is a chemical product, and that reduces the price of the drug. The low price makes the dangerous drugs more available for wide range of people including those who have low income which mostly black families. According to the US statistics of drug felony charges, the crack crimes are mainly committed by blacks, and the powder cocaine crimes are committal mostly by whites: “About 80 percent of the 25,000 federal defendants who were jailed for crack offenses during the past five years have been black” (“Houston Chronicle”). That is another proof of racial discrimination.
We should stop dangerous drug use, but severe and unequal punishment is not a solution. It is understandable that crack cocaine harms its user’s health, and not only his or her, but also there are cases of some mothers were and still are using crack cocaine while they are pregnant. Due to pregnant consumers, the terms of “crack babies” and “crack addicted babies” were introduced. However, medical and psychological researchers with many years of experience studying addictions are writing to request that the terms "crack baby" and "crack addicted baby" be dropped from usage (“Top Medical Doctors”). Moreover, cocaine use during pregnancy can affect a pregnant woman and her unborn baby in many ways. During the early months of pregnancy, it may increase the risk of miscarriage. Later in pregnancy, it can cause the baby to grow poorly. As a result, cocaine-exposed babies are more likely than unexposed babies to be born with low birth weight: “Low-birth weight babies are 20 times more likely to die in their first month of life than normal-weight babies, and there are high risk of lifelong disabilities such as mental retardation and cerebral palsy” (“Substance”)....

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