Should crackheads be set free?

Supposedly, one of the main reasons America’s ghettos got so fucked the fuck up back in the 1980s is that Ronald Reagan cut funding for mental institutions, and so a lot of people who probably should have been institutionalized were set free to wander the streets. I can remember, as a kid back in the late ’80s and early ’90s, riding around downtown St. Louis with my old man and watching crazy bums eating from trash cans and talking to themselves.

By the time I was old enough to go to college basketball games by myself, in the late ’90s, they were mostly gone. I remember one time I found this sweet deal on a parking garage with no attendant. So I was like, Fuck it, and I parked my car there. Of course once the game was over the garage was locked and I couldn’t get my car out. So I had to spend what seemed like forever wandering the streets of downtown St. Louis before someone came and got me. Fortunately, there weren’t any crazy bums (or anyone, for that matter – it was like a ghost town) out that night. My guess was that they had all long since died or been thrown in jail.

The reason I bring this up is because it looks like America’s ghettos could be set for another deluge of possibly dangerous people. Just yesterday, the Supreme Court got together and decided that this nation’s drug laws – in which a person caught with 5 grams of crack cocaine is sentenced to the same amount of time as someone in possession of 500 grams of cocaine in its powdered form – are fucked the fuck up. And today, the US Sentencing Commission is getting together to decide whether or not to make the decision retroactive. If they do, something like 20,000 crack dealers and crackheads could be set free.

Holy crap!

On the one hand, I definitely agree that drug laws like the Rockefeller laws in New York are unfair, in that why should some poor kid who probably doesn’t have any real job prospects otherwise and turns to crack dealing to buy himself a car with spinning wheels and some Enfamil for his future convict of child have to do the same amount of time as the rich mofo who flooded the hood with that shit in the first place? But on the other hand, I can kinda see how we ended up with such ridonkulous laws..

The problem with crack to begin with is that it’s such a violent drug. Kids who sell crack tend to constantly be shooting at one another, and people who smoke crack tend to always be trying to steal shit. I don’t know if it’s something inherent in the drug itself, or the fact that most of the people who deal in crack come from dire circumstances and hence are that much more likely to be involved in crime. My guess is the latter. Either way, you have to think that the last thing some of our more fucked up neighborhoods need is more crack people. Take for example my native St. Louis. Last year, we were named the most dangerous city in America, and we’re still at number two this year, just behind Detroit. (We wuz robbed!) I can’t imagine how this shift in policy would help matters here.

Or am I just not seeing the big picture? TPAR, feel free to explain to me how this might be a good idea. Like, maybe more lax drug laws will eventually have the effect of making the drug game that much less vicious, like the Hamsterdam season of The Wire. And I’m sure many would argue, from a libertarian point of view, that we should object to drug laws anyway, regardless of the consequences. What do you fruits think?

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  • dez


  • me

    carter 3 in feb

  • yo boy

    let em free

    • BIGNAT


  • heehe

    wayne will take over 08

  • payroll

    I really appreciate your comments, but I can tell you have never been remotely close to the game: a square can’t comment on such events he can only make polictical assumtions and ridiculous ideologies based on his outside veiws.Your language let’s me know you no better than those you speak of.

  • EReal

    I swear Im a fucking psychic, I read this shit in the paper this morning and I KNEW you were gonna do a drop on it.

    It really matters more to the user than the dealer, but the sentences are unfair and I agree with the law. The “war on drugs” is failing. They need a new strategy. My city is on the list too mang, #10 or #11 I think (thanks to Katrina), and I dont think it makes a difference. The sentences they were handing out for that shit were cruel and unusual sentences to lock some kid up for 25 for havin 10 crack rocks and then Big Meech gets the same sentence for a RICO, thats fucked.

    Heres the thing, theres always gonna be drugs. Theres gonna be users, theres gonna be sellers, and REHABILITATION, JOB TRAINING, and EDUCATION is whats gonna help. They just choose not to focus enough attention on that part, they focus on busts. There are cats that get out of jail with degrees and do big things (I see you Henchman) and turn their life around. Its a choice, but I think Job Training, Education and Rehab should be MANDATORY programs in all jails. Maybe thatd help. Lockin people up for fuckin ever isnt.

    Spend more time catchin predators, how come NBC can do it, but yall cant? Them sick fucks are worse to me than any drug dealer. Find them fuckers.

    Let the crackheads smoke, and let the dope boys ball. If you lock up one, theres 10 more waitin to take his corner, bet that.

    1 hunned.

    • beatz23

      real talk. we shouldn’t be crowding our jails for havin a few rocks over some sick child molester which I think is a much worse crime…but then again most of them are white too

  • N.O. 4 life

    its a horrible law…but releasing a whole lotta people at the same time is gonna bring a whole lotta problems cuz we all know these nigs aint rehabilitated(if thats even possible)…i’ll put up a couple stacks that that crime rate gonna spike for a couple of summers….

  • ATL = All Trannies Live

    Let’em out then lace large quanities of crack coming into the US with poison. They will take care of the problem.

  • Barry

    You should read this Bol as it describes how strict drug laws have done nothing, but place street level dealers in prison; 75% of them being African American.

    The only efficient way to combat is drugs is to lessen the demand with rehabilitation.


    Correction, the Reagan Administration flooded the hood with crack. Damn you are dumb! Yo ass probably is Republican too.

    • Bol

      Double correction, Ronald Reagan broke up the Black Panthers (as if they were the Beatles).

      Damn you is dumb!

  • Who Dat?


    But ya young’uns better not think ya kin na sling …( my bad just trying some lingo here..).

    What I am saying is that the minimum sentences still stand and can only be changed by congress. Therefore if you get caught with crack sufficient enough to be tried for distribution you will serve those long sentences. The part of the sentence that has now been rescinded ( at the discretion of the judge ) is the additional sentence.

    All in all just steer clear of this shit. Like my Ho Whitney once said..

    “Crack is whack , crack is cheap” dont do it!!

  • Around and Around

    It helps matters by correcting a wrong in the justice system, if powdered coke was as punishable as crack then there would be a whole lot more white kids locked up. When they’re both essentially the same drug why is one more punishable?
    On a side note, fuck the crack:

    Commemorating the Spirit of Stanley Tookie Williams

    Words for Our Brother


    Death Row, San Quentin

    In the sacred tradition of warriors it is said that the source of courage is willingness to die, to lose everything not because one doesn’t value life, but because one has entered so fully into his own center that he knows his convictions will hold through death.

    On December 13, 2007, we commemorate the second anniversary of the stat-sanctioned killing of our brother and colleague, Stanley Tookie Williams III, whose convictions held through death and who lives on in our struggle and unshakable determination.

    Tookie’s journey may have begun on the streets of Los Angeles, but it would be on death row where he defined the terms of his odyssey. His personal evolution started in the early 1980s in the midst of the perennial violence that was the hallmark of San Quentin prison. At that time, we began to notice a monumental shift in how he approached prison politics and how he began to put into context the contradictions that had dominated his life. He came to understand that our most dangerous enemy was ignorance, and he resolved to vanquish it. Together, we would challenge each other to move beyond our own blindness; to accomplish this, we knew had to embrace education, and Tookie soon wanted to master every subject he took up. We used to jest with him about staying up until sunrise going over a single chapter. He’d say, “Bro, we’re playing catch up. We can’t afford to mess around.” He was right.

    The three of us felt a sense of urgency, as if the learning process were a tangible, living thing, full of texture and motion. Tookie wanted to wake up everybody, and he was a natural teacher. His soft-spoken voice and patience made people feel at ease, and he possessed the remarkable ability to interact with all different kinds of personalities and ethnic groups (which is not easy in prison). This quality made many guys on the row seek him out for advice. We teased him by telling him he’d make an excellent priest or psychiatrist because of his capacity to listen solemnly. Even back then we could see he was preparing himself for something, whether he was conscious of the scope or not. It was as if he’d had a dream or premonition about the work he would ultimately commit his life to. His sense of mission was evident. There were many occasions when during conversations we were having, or in the middle of exercising, Tookie would suddenly stop and start talking about how the collective consciousness of gang members needed to be transformed into a positive dynamic, how a new paradigm had to be created to keep kids out of gangs, and how gang members needed to be active participants in resolving their conflicts. These ideas pre-date his “Protocol for Peace” and children’s books by at least ten years.

    Tookie was a visionary, his foresight uncanny. Whenever elements within the prison administration plotted against him to discredit his work, he was always prepared to counter their propaganda proactively, constructively. The French chemist Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors the prepared mind.” Tookie lived this axiom. It was at the heart of everything he did. He didn’t let death row hinder him or prevent him from bringing to fruition things he wanted to accomplish. One of the qualities we admired most about him was that he never made excuses for himself. He knew no one was infallible, so when he was wrong he’d be the first to point out and correct his mistake. The expectations and discipline he imposed on himself were high, but he always let guys know that mistakes are lessons, not the end of the world, or the sum of who we are.

    Commitment for Tookie was never about his words alone, but also about the impact his actions had. He met everyday with the conscious intent of making a difference. It was this level of sincerity and dedication that motivated others. Even when he dealt with reconciling with his past and reconnecting with his two sons, he did it with brutal honesty. In 2002, he and his son, Stanley Tookie Williams IV, would come face to face as men, as father and son, for the first time in young Tookie’s life. We know that for Tookie it was an emotional meeting because he truly regretted not being there when his son was growing up. He told us that seeing and talking to little Tookie was the first time he felt like a father. The proud smile on his face said it all. Later, as we walked on the yard, Tookie would wistfully remark, “Man, I still have so much to say to li’l Took.”

    He understood he might never get another chance to talk to his son, so in his own redemption he offered a powerful example and lesson to him, and to gang members, of what self-transformation and sincere individual effort can achieve. He wanted to give his son and others tangible proof that there were other options-that no matter how far they had gone down the wrong road it was never too late to turn back.

    Tookie restored the sacred within himself, not in an extraordinary way, but in a very ordinary way-one step forward at a time. It was not his Herculean size, his sharp intellect, or his fearlessness that defined him, but rather his humility, his pragmatism and his profound connection to what the ancient Khemetians called the “ka” (indwelling spirit). The maturity of his spiritual mind allowed him to live in the moment-to-moment experience. Thus he not only discovered his purpose, and passionately pursued it, but in the process found his authentic self. His connection to the ka is reflected in his writing, his activism, and in the relationships he forged with others.

    Despite the concrete walls, armed guards, and constant campaign against him, launched by people seeking their two-minutes of fame by vilifying another, Tookie showed that a caged man is not a defeated man, nor an animal. His calm dignity illuminated the truth that the dehumanization of prison cannot extinguish the light which exists within all of us, nor beat back the inner revolutions that silently ignite on their own.

    His voice, his presence, emerged to articulate the feelings and ideas of many, and with clarity he grasped the larger meaning of his formidable responsibility. Often, and in a fairly decent Muhammad Ali impression, he would humorously say, “This is our rumble in the jungle.” What he meant was, not merely the fight for our lives, but more broadly, the fight to help initiate a new consciousness among our peers. Our co-authored book, The Sacred Eye of the Falcon: Lessons in Life from Death Row, written by the two of us and Tookie, is our collective contribution to this effort (the book is available on

    Long before Tookie gained a public presence he knew the difference between symbolism and substance. So it was not unusual to see him sitting at the table on the yard personally answering letters he had received from young people around the world who had been inspired by his books. This accessibility was completely in concert with his character and something he enjoyed giving. In our last conversation with him, we talked about creating an institute of learning, building a think tank, the Iraq war, revitalizing the prison movement inside, and about our families: not once did he focus on concern for himself. This was Tookie.

    On any given day he could be seen in his cell meditating or kneeling in prayer. It was his daily ritual, one he observed religiously. Thus, it didn’t surprise us at all that in his final hours he was described as “sitting on his bed as if it were a throne.” Yet, knowing Tookie, we know this had nothing to do with projecting some regal demeanor, but rather with the depth of his spiritual attitude and consciousness. He had entered his center so completely that such things as food and water were insignificant. From a non-dualist perspective, Tookie was as close to his own divinity as a human can come while still alive. It was this aura that, in his final hours, radiated from him. In the face of death he remained consistent with how he lived-with great courage and great conviction.

    We honor our fallen brother, Tookie, also known to us by his African name, Ajamu Kamara. With eternal solidarity, we remember his life. We are our brother’s keeper.

    You can write to either writer at the addresses below:

    Anthony Ross
    San Quentin State Prison
    San Quentin, California 94974

    Steve Champion
    San Quentin State Prison
    San Quentin, California 94974

    • Dickrider Hater

      Uhm, because crack is an extremely potent, much more highly addictive form of the drug. Fuckin moronic dickrider.

      Around n Around TPAR’s Sack Says:
      Why should you get a longer sentence for heroin than weed?

      • Around and Around

        Obviously you’re a white bitch who enjoys doing lines of coke of your neighbor’s dick as the local ‘party boy’ fuckin homo thug….

        “Research has proven that crack is not more addictive than powder cocaine. In her 10-year study of the developmental and behavioral outcomes of children exposed to powder and base cocaine in utero, Dr. Deborah Frank testified before the Commission that “”the biologic thumbprints of exposure to these substances”" are identical.[iv] While there are differences in the manner in which the body absorbs base versus powder cocaine, since Cocaine hydrochloride (powder) can easily be transformed into crack by combining it with baking soda and heat, it is irrational to apply a stiffer penalty between cocaine which is directly sold as crack, and cocaine which is sold in powder form but which can be treated by the consumer and easily transformed into crack.
        Furthermore, the myth of the “”crack baby”" has been debunked. Dr. Frank testified, “”There are no long-term studies, which identify any specific effects of ‘crack’ compared to cocaine on children’s development. Based on years of careful research, we conclude that the ‘crack baby’ is a grotesque media stereotype, not a scientific diagnosis.”"[v]

        step your game up and go learn something before you step to me with your ignorant ass assumptions son….

        • og bobby j

          Around – you stay on that Fuck you cause your white attitude and then type some shit in Wikipedia and claim knowledge….your False in all avenues. Fact is, if you seen a would know there is a significant difference in the addiction due primarily to the severity of the detoxification process. I know cats who do coke and then are cool for however long….how many weekend or “social” crackheads you ever met? I dont know about baby addiction, but in the world, crackheads are far more addicted then coke heads….

        • Around and Around

          OG you do lines of coke off dickryder’s dick, and he does them off your ass

          For the record I’ve never met a ‘social’ crackhead or a ‘social’ cokehead.

        • Dickrider Hater

          I would son you, but Bobby already did.

          And the loser stays losing.

          LMMFAO @ Crack isnt more addictive than coke.

          Have you ever even seen the streets, or do you just stay locked up in your house looking for dicks to ride on? Fuckin dumbass.

        • Around and Around

          Yeah I can see you take the same great care in your research and observations as Dr. Deborah Frank, what you’ve seen on the ‘streets’ far out weigh what a scientist observes when weighing biological factors.

          Nothin worse then a white dickrider from the ‘streets’ you mean what you’ve seen walking those gravel roads in the trailor parks around the country?

          Don’t lie both of you would do a line off Eminem’s dick if he asked….”For you M you’re my hero….” fuckin gay ass whiteboys

        • Around and Around

          Yeah because your research through your life on the ‘streets’ is far more thorough and thought provoking then Dr. Deborah Frank’s a scientist studying the biological effects of the drug etc….Maybe they should bring OG no-health-inssurance and OG Dickrider up to congress to testify next time on crack?

          Don’t lie, these ‘streets’ you speak of is really the gravel roads of your trailor park…

          You and OG would do a line of coke off eminem’s dick if he asked you….”For you Em, I’ll do it, you’re my idol…”








  • og bobby j

    first off, the list of dangerous cities is eroneous to begin with, so using it as a reference or to validate your credibility is null and void. While I agree the laws are a little sketchy, I think when it comes to Crack, H or meth….basically any drug other then that sweet piff, violaters can all go to jail for life. Shit, fuck rehabin crackheads…that shit is a life long addiction. I bet 98% of the crackheads released from prison will be back on the rock by Saturday night. I understand that the laws seem unfair, but, call me crazy, I think society is better without crackheads and crack dealers.

  • Tonic

    The media, if you think about it, were the ones that fueled the rush to penalize crack users so much more than powder users. By running dumb@ss sensationalistic stories about how crack had become one of the worst ills of society, and making people scared to go outside (for big ratings), they more or less pressured lawmakers into taking stupid-ridiculous action.

    By targeting crack specifically they didn’t risk losing viewers (and by viewers I mean the generation of reformed white coke-heads that corporate marketing people always want to sell to first).

  • b-ease

    Fuck Tookie!!!


  • The Golden Child

    You make a very valid argument.

    What it will do, is create a surge in crack trafficking forcing whack crack dealers from off the mic, back to the streets.

    FREE Crackhead Grady!

  • Worley

    I agree that the law was wildly disproportionate. I have no beef with giving judges some discretion. My question is what are all of these people going to do? The job market is tight as is. If these people return to the same conditions chances are very good that most of them will return to jail for this or the other thing.

    • Around and Around

      Worley do you really think those people give a shit about job prospects when they’re roped in on some bullshit first charge on crack?

      Regardless of the crime most inmates return to jail…..

      • Dickrider Hater

        I know plenty of people who were addicted to drugs that got their shit together and have a normal life. Than again, I actually live this shit and you just sit behind a computer hating white people and talkin gay ish.


  • JollyRench

    The crack dealers and crack heads are going to come back on the streets and find some other crime to participate in. Crime just begets more crime, these people with the criminal personality are unable to avoid being criminals.

  • dronkmunk

    On the one hand, I definitely agree that drug laws like the Rockefeller laws in New York are unfair, in that why should some poor kid who probably doesn’t have any real job prospects otherwise and turns to crack dealing to buy himself a car with spinning wheels and some Enfamil for his future convict of child have to do the same amount of time as the rich mofo who flooded the hood with that shit in the first place? But on the other hand, I can kinda see how we ended up with such ridonkulous laws..



  • yourFATazzMAMA

    ATL = All Trannies Live says:

    Let’em out then lace large quanities of crack coming into the US with poison. They will take care of the problem.

    smart idea, if they gonna disrepsect their mind and body, and kno bout it, sh!t u mind azz well juss kill yourself cuz, dats whut u doin anyway. Its always a good thing not to have a crackhead/dealer, cuz all they do is, BUG DA SHIT OUTTA U, or plotting to rob/kill u

  • lookadeez

    you, my friend, never cease to amaze me w how stupid you are.

  • richard ross da bo$$

    when you smoke that and it gets in your lungs it takes less than 15 sec to hit yo brain at once.snort that it takes longa. try snortin ya long it take?people been freebasin in the 70′s heavy but never sold it like the 80′s it took isn’t even stronger cause of all the hits you quicker and fiends want more what ever it takes. i’m hustin so i push it to the limit when i’m speedin’.100 million/i’m so hood,holla at me baby port of m.i. yayo so trilla we the best lisstteennnn!!! we takin over i was born n raised wit maybach music it’s mine i’m the boss i whip it (hahahaha)

  • barbarian at the gate

    Tookie wiliams, Around and Around?

    Despite fellow convict Anthony Ross’s erudite and verbose description of Tookie, no one with an honest view of reality interprets that dark, vile, gangsta fucker as some sort of hero or role model for anyone’s family or community.

    Who cares what kind of voyage of self-realization and self-actualization that murdering turd went through?

    That shithead was no good for anyone, least of all himself, and the SOB never could muster up the courage & honor to admit to his own crimes and garbage behavior while stewing in prison.

    Regardless of the children’s books he wrote while scratching his ass in prison, it was good when the state finally tired of jumping through hoops with Tookie and I remember raising my glass on the day they finally put the zap on that no-good fuck.

    Bad shit finally thrown away.

    nuff said

    • Dickrider Hater

      Damn Around the shaft,

      you stay losing.

      L M A OOOOOO!

  • c. gabi

    okay, I’m gonna attempt to make some sense of this whole crack issue based upon my knowledge from my Abnormal Psych class I took in college (yes! my degree means something!)..

    so this probably can be said about crack and any other “mind-altering” drug (sans weed). most of the bums we see on the street really ARE crazy primarily b/c of mental disorders–chances are they have family/friends that are either unable to care for them or simply unwilling. so these folks are out around the street, w/o meds, which makes their condition worse. not to mention, they’re hungry/cold/etc, etc and they turn into people who “will suck your dick/got these cheeseburgers” for food & shelter AND get on that crack to maybe curb the intensity of their mental disorder.

    for instance, i’m assuming none of you are schizo, but if u know someone who is, it’s like having 7 people trying to have a conversation with u at once–and u don’t know which conversation is coming from a real person. not saying crack is good, but it’s one of those weird fixes that might help someone narrow down those 7 voices to maybe 2?

    again, this really only applies to bums on the street who have mental issues. for the rest of them, i guess i can just charge it to the fact that there are numerous disparaging issues in the Black community and folks turn to crack and other drugs to escape.

    really, i don’t think we should just let these folks back into the streets all willy nilly, there needs to be some type of halfway house where we make sure they’re fully rehabilitated to go back into the real world–cuz i damn sure can’t afford to get mugged by ANOTHER crackhead in Atlanta!

  • these posts are racist

    The recent change in laws you are discussing here does not “free” drug dealers and drug abusers. Rather, it will reduce many sentences – not that same as simplying releasing people from lock up. Morever not all convicts are eligible for shorter sentencing, “the prisoners who are not eligible for shorter terms either already are serving the minimum sentence, were sentenced for possession of massive quantities of crack or are serving time under laws that apply to career criminals.”

    Laws must be equal and applied equally.

  • Around and Around

    Maybe they should bring OG no-health-inssurance and OG Dickrider up to congress to testify next time abouth all the effects of crack? Why bring a Doctor, when you have two white boys from the ‘streets’?

  • the real bishop

    why is being white associated with such negativity on these forums?

    (holds breath…)

    anyway, nobody seems to be giving any love to bol’s contention that “I’m sure many would argue, from a libertarian point of view, that we should object to drug laws anyway, regardless of the consequences.”

    So I will. Fuck the notion that we shouldn’t be able to use whatever drugs we want.



  • lafaye

    TPAR, thank you for stating your comment so succinctly :).

    Even though I believe that trying to stop the sale of drugs is like chasing the wind, I still have opinions when they pass these laws, because I do agree (hopefully with the most of us) that something must at least be tried.

    You are on point TPAR, as I happen to be very familiar with the law, and even know some people that this law will affect. This law will probably affect more drug dealers than drug users.

    In my personal opinion, one would probably be hard pressed to find a crackhead with 5 grams of crack cocaine, for obvious reasons. So running with that, I don’t think the BOLs of the world will have to worry about a sudden rash of crackheads robbing the nation blind.

    However, there remains the concern with dealers (or kids) shooting each other over sales (or lack of) crack. My opinion is that problem is going always going to be there, and law enforcement will have to catch them as they can (that’s not to encompass what we, as responsible individuals, can do). Realize that the new law is not meant to eliminate all prison sentences for crack convictions; it simply is lessening crack sentences as they are commensurate with cocaine sentences (for reasons that I don’t quite completely understand). So whether you believe it’s a good law or a bad law, in the long run and in the bigger scheme of things, how does is truly affect your quality of life?

    So as one “fruit” to others, am I left or am I right?