Monday, November 26, 2007

Crack Myths Die Hard II

I’m really glad that The Washington Post’s editorial board is supportive of changing the crack cocaine sentencing guidelines to match those of powdered cocaine. But do the wise men of the Post still not know that part of the justification for the change is the amount of medical evidence that says crack cocaine is not inherently more addictive than powdered cocaine.

There are good arguments for why crack should carry tougher sentences than powder cocaine, including the fact that crack is ferociously addictive and destructive. But a 100-to-1 disparity is irrational. Lawmakers should act quickly on one of the several bills pending in Congress that would narrow that gap.
I love how new information in policy debates never seems to trickle upward. We just keep recycling the old assumptions.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with you. The press tends to repeat the same old assertions time and again, even when the evidence contradicts the conventional wisdom. It is one of the reasons we conservatives are frequently exasperated by the news media.

Jim in Cleveland