A proposed Biden drug policy could widen racial disparities, civil rights groups warn

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A coalition of nearly 100 civil rights and criminal justice reform groups is protesting a Biden administration proposal that would potentially stiffen prison sentences for certain synthetic opioids, warning that it will exacerbate racial disparities already in the system.

The Biden proposal would permanently put many drugs chemically related to fentanyl in the most restricted category or "schedule" under the law.

"Since the inception of the war on drugs, African Americans and Latino people have born the brunt of enforcement-first approaches," said Sakira Cook, who closely follows the issues for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

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