These are a couple of links to articles that with the recently passed Fair Sentencing Act. It eliminates a mandatory five year sentencing for first time possessors of crack. Unfortunately, it was not retroactive. There were other provisions but the focus remained on punishment and not addressing the causes.
Congress did not go far enough to rectify the problems with our drug laws.
The Fair Sentencing Act, which President Obama signed on Aug. 3, attempts to fix the 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. Since most crack users are black and most powder cocaine users are white, the sentencing disparity has had huge racially discriminatory consequences, as it has filled our prisons with young black males.