Clinton to Pitch Sentencing, Police Changes to Black Voters

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is using a Southern campaign swing to outline criminal justice proposals she says would treat black Americans more fairly.

The trip to Georgia and South Carolina comes as Clinton works to solidify her advantage in the African-American community over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Both candidates have called for ending mass incarceration in the United States, an issue that resonates strongly among black voters who will play a key role in choosing a nominee.

In Atlanta on Friday, Clinton will call for eliminating sentencing disparities between crack cocaine crimes and those that involve powder cocaine. Clinton proposes making the change retroactive, according to her campaign. The changes would build on a 2010 act of Congress that narrowed the disparity between crack crimes — which are concentrated among minorities — and powder crimes, which are more likely to involve whites.

The former secretary of state also will propose a legal ban on racial profiling by police. The policy would forbid federal, state and local officers from “relying on a person’s race when conducting routine or spontaneous investigatory activities,” unless they have information linking a suspect to a crime. The campaign has not yet released details explaining …read more

Source:: Black America Web

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