2.3 Million Jailed for $63M, Drug Czar Talks

On Monday, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske briefed reports (TheRoot, Grio, Politic365, CBS, AP…) on “what President Obama has done for Blacks” re drug policy and incarceration.  Interestingly, Kerlikowse spoke often of The Fair Sentencing Act, which was signed into law after a 20 year effort in Congress (mostly in the House) by a series of CBC members.  The President signed the bill in August 2010.  The legislation narrows the disparity for crack and powder cocaine but it does not equal it. More interestingly: Kerlikowske could not state the Obama Administration’s policy on mandatory minimum sentencing which is the chief reason the United States leads the world in incarceration with 2.3 million people in jail (at a cost of $63 million per year) mostly on drug offenses.  This is what I wrote for POLITIC365 on the issue: