The Missouri legislative session is heating up, and it is critical that our voices are heard in Jefferson City. Please join us April 3rd – April 6th for our 2023 Week of Action! On April 4th, spend your lunch hour with us to build your advocacy skills and learn about key anti-poverty policies in one of our priority areas, criminal justice reform. This session, we’ll be focusing on how to research a bill’s impact, and learning about the crack/powder sentencing disparity.
It is a well-documented fact that cocaine in both of its well-known forms – crack and powder – are chemically the same. There is zero scientific or pharmacological basis for treating crack and powder cocaine any differently under the law. The effect of the sentencing disparity continues to be a large contributing factor in the disproportionate incarceration of people of color and people with lower incomes. This disparate impact adds to the examples our communities have of a two-tiered justice system – one for people who can buy their way to better outcomes (by purchasing the more expensive form of the same drug, in this case) and one for those who cannot. Join us for this virtual session to learn more, and help advocate for the passage of HB 1176, which would eliminate this sentencing disparity in Missouri.