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August 9, 2007

Taking a crack at fairness in crack sentencing

Maththumbnail1 As detailed in this ACLU press release, a "coalition of criminal justice advocacy organizations is launching 'It's Not Fair. It's Not Working,' a national effort to reform the 100-to-1 federal sentencing disparity ratio between crack and powder cocaine."  Here is more from the press release:

"All Americans want to live in drug-free communities.  Unfortunately this law locks up small-time drug users who need to be in treatment programs instead of prison," said Nkechi Taifa of the Open Society Institute (OSI).  Other coalition partners include The Sentencing Project, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)....  The coalition will release a series of ads that focus on the disparity in sentencing between crack and powder cocaine.

More information is available at this link from The Sentencing Project, which shows some of the print ads that are part of this campaign.

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Hi,my name is Shawnese Hale and i am doing alot of research on this upcoming change,and i must say it's about time someone notice whats going on. There are to many people being ripped away from their families.However i do feel that no crime should go unpunished,but the sentencing is way out of hand. And indeed its a racial thing just like jena6.When does it stop? I have a boyfriend thats got sentenced about 3 months ago and we are tring to keep up on this new law. He was sentenced 15 yrs.+ 10 yrs papers. I feel that is very unfair. He only been arrested twice when he was a juvinile.One of those times he was judicated.And they dug up his juvinile record to give him the time they gave him. He has no violent charges. And on top of all that he was caught with 50grams of cocain and 50 grams of crack. If this law was to pass how much time will he be looking at?

Posted by: Shawnese Hale | Sep 29, 2007 11:14:18 AM

Hi,my name is Shawnese Hale and i am doing alot of research on this upcoming change,and i must say it's about time someone notice whats going on. There are to many people being ripped away from their families.However i do feel that no crime should go unpunished,but the sentencing is way out of hand. And indeed its a racial thing just like jena6.When does it stop? I have a boyfriend thats got sentenced about 3 months ago and we are tring to keep up on this new law. He was sentenced 15 yrs.+ 10 yrs papers. I feel that is very unfair. He only been arrested twice when he was a juvinile.One of those times he was judicated.And they dug up his juvinile record to give him the time they gave him. He has no violent charges. And on top of all that he was caught with 50grams of cocain and 50 grams of crack. If this law was to pass how much time will he be looking at?

Posted by: Shawnese Hale | Sep 29, 2007 11:15:12 AM

Greetings,
My name is Samuel Kelly and I'm a student at the Academic Magnet High School in South Carolina. I'm commenting on this new law. My uncle was arrested in 1995 and given a life sentence on crack cocain charges. I was wondering how this law would affect him.

Posted by: Samuel Kelly | Nov 15, 2007 4:38:35 PM

What about the unfortunite people whom have suffered this unhumain form of injustice. The families whom have been penalized extensively by the perpertrators of this treason to the citizens of this country. My question is "how as the people do we allow ourselves to be treated in this manner, buy not demanding the constitution be properly chartered.these laws have been consired by the very people who lock our loved ones up for conspiring,the very people whom have taken oathes to the constitution,whom have been placed in trust into official standings,only to utilize the given poeple to conspire to commit treason.

Posted by: John Holder | Dec 6, 2007 8:50:55 PM

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