Rapper and G.O.O.D Music executive Pusha T talked about criminal justice reform in the United States on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night. Push has been very active this election season throwing his support behind Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.Push also interviewed Clinton’s vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine.
President Obama has made criminal justice reform his top priority during his presidency. During his second year in office, Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act. The law reduced the disparity in the penalties for crack and powder cocaine, which civil rights leaders had said for years unfairly punished African Americans.
On October 26, 2016, President Obama commuted the sentences of 214 more federal inmates, the largest single-day grant of commutations in the nation’s history. He has 562 total commutations during his presidency.
Colbert asked Pusha T during the interview if Hillary will continue President Barack Obama’s reform of the federal prison system.
“I definitely believe she’ll carry on that legacy,” responded Pusha. “That’s the most important issue to me simply because I feel like that’s the most important issue tearing apart our community right now.”
“You can’t vote. You can’t get grants. It’s like you keep paying forever,” stated Pusha T. “We have to change that.”
Under the old law a person convicted of possessing five grams of crack cocaine, which is cheaper and more available in poor black communities, received a mandatory five-year prison sentence. But someone who possessed powder cocaine, used by more affluent whites, had to be holding 100 times that amount to get the same mandatory sentence.
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