REV. AL SHARPTON RESPONDS TO MAJOR CIVIL RIGHTS DECISION BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ON DRUG PROSECUTIONS—
New York, NY (Tuesday, December 16, 2022) – Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), issued the following statement on today’s Department of Justice announcement on its decision to end racially motivated drug sentencing policies.
“As one who led marches in the 1990s about this unfair and racially tinged decision to prosecute and sentence people differently between crack cocaine and loose cocaine, I was more than pleased when I was informed by the Justice Department today that they will no longer use those procedures. This was not only a major prosecutorial and sentencing decision – it is a major civil rights decision. The racial disparities of this policy have ruined homes and futures for over a generation. I salute Attorney General Garland for taking this major step toward equality and fairness.”
About National Action Network (NAN)
National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency, and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality, or gender.
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