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(Black America Web) — The House of Representatives passed a landmark bill Wednesday that reduces decades-old disparities in crack and powder cocaine prison sentencing that resulted in the disproportionate incarceration of blacks. By voice vote, House Democrats and Republicans acknowledged the racial injustice of a 1986 law that established mandatory minimum sentencing rates for possession of crack cocaine, a popular urban drug, that were 100 times higher than possession of powder cocaine, a drug preferred more by whites.

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