The New Jersey School Zone Law Essay

888 Words Nov 16th, 2015 4 Pages
Color, and many are in school zones. This fact created the same environment as did the AAPA in 1986 (Lee 2015). The research used to correct the conflicts with AAPA, have proved to be a valuable tool for the FSA also. The New Jersey school zone law, for instance, that created an untended situation where 96 percent of the enhanced drug penalties (school zones etc.) were African Americans or Latinos (Overman 2014). Through the statistical analysis, it became obvious that the law still has areas of inequality with criminal drug sentencing. In 2015, new data persuaded the legislature to restore the authority of discretion to the presiding judge of their jurisdiction (Thomas 2011). The FSA began with high expectations and was welcomed by civil rights and community leaders (Kurtzleben 2010). As details of the key compromises of the measure, along with the realization that the intent of the FSA was not fulfilling reforms as expected, groups that supported the FSA, were criticizing it. The new law reduces, but does not entirely eliminate, the sentencing that appeared directed towards the African American community in the AAPA of 1986 (Overman 2014).
HISTORICAL CONTEXT The United States Congress determination to address the country’s crack cocaine anxieties created the Anti-Drug Abuse Act (ADAA) of 1986 (Weld 1986).The central purpose in creating the ADAA, to send a strong message to drug traffickers from the U.S.Government. In 1986 crack cocaine was making its…

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