Modal close

Hi there,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free daily news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines, or our in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. You need news that isn't being paid for by campaigns or corporations. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How? This model of news depends on your support. Right now, every new monthly sustaining donation to Democracy Now! will be tripled by a generous supporter. That means if you can give just $4 a month, Democracy Now! gets $12 today.  Pretty amazing right? If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, start your monthly contribution today. Thanks so much. -Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Donate

Race and Class in U.S. Criminal Justice System

StoryMarch 02, 1999
Default content image
Close circle
Media Options

Thousands of people are expected to gather today in Albany to call for a repeal of the Rockefeller drug laws, which establish minimum sentencing for drug offenses and have filled New York’s prisons with first-time and minor drug offenders. Critics of the laws say that they are racist because they establish much higher penalties for the possession of crack cocaine, which is more commonly used by African Americans, than for powder cocaine, which is favored by whites.

We take a look at the state of race and class discrimination in the criminal justice system, as we listen to a debate between David Cole of Georgetown University Law Center, author of the book No Equal Justice, and Randall Kennedy of Harvard Law School. The Open Society Institute and the Soros Foundation sponsored the event.

Guests:

  • David Cole, professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
  • Randall Kennedy, professor, Harvard Law School.
  • Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer at The New Yorker.

Related link:

Related Story

Video squareStorySep 18, 2018Intercept Report Reveals Senate Ignored Federal Court Employees Willing to Testify Against Kavanaugh
The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Up arrowTop