100:1 The Crack Legacy traces the roots of today’s violent policing and mass-incarceration back to “the war on drugs.” Journalist Christopher Johnson delves deep into how our government’s war on crack cocaine in the 80s and 90s ushered in a slew of laws that helped militarized police forces and erode basic constitutional rights for certain Americans. Through the stories of people who were on the ground when these laws went into effect, this series investigates how the aggressive policing and politics put in place then are still impacting black Americans now.
Christopher Johnson speaks Neill Franklin, a black, former cop who offers rare insight into the ways his department both incentivized the fight against crack and physically displayed their anti-black bias. The series closes with a look toward the effect 100:1 will have on race, policing, and the...
In this episode, Christopher Johnson examines how changes in the law took discretion away from judges. Rather than being able to take into account the human in front of them, judges were now required to use ridged formulas to calculate sentences. Hear from a judge who regrets having sent hundreds...
Meet Eric Wilson. With no adult support and no options for work on Chicago’s Southside, Eric eventually turned to selling crack to support himself and his siblings. This episode details how Eric received the mandatory prison sentence as a direct result of the harsh 100:1 drug provisions.