A recent Hillary Clinton ad titled “Broken” bemoans the sentencing disparities between black and white Americans in part created by former President Bill Clinton’s crack sentencing law.
The ad released on Tuesday has Hillary saying, “something is fundamentally broken when African Americans are more likely…to be sentenced to longer prison terms for doing the same thing that whites do.”
Bill Clinton signed a 1995 law that allowed for a 100 to 1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. One gram of crack received sentencing equal to 100 grams of powder. At the time, according to the US Sentencing Commission, blacks accounted for more than 80 percent of crack cocaine convictions, while fewer than 5 percent of whites did.
Hillary is working hard to preserve her strong favorability among blacks in the lead up to the South Carolina primary, which in 2008 consisted of a majority of black voters.