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October 13, 2009

Interesting report on "Crack the Disparity" coalition of the Justice Roundtable

Via e-mail I received an interesting report concerning legislative briefings that took place today in the House and Senate which were entitled, “Crack Cocaine Sentencing: Exploring & Examining the Issues.” Here are the basics:

The breakfast and luncheon briefings brought together Republicans and Democrats, the left and the right, faith-based, academic, agency, and impacted to address this 23 year long issue. Over 13 Senate offices were represented and 26 House offices, in addition to interested persons across the ideological spectrum. The Senate briefing room was full, and there was standing room only on the House side.  Panelists included:

  • Chris Byrnes, Author of The Federalist Society’s white paper, “Proposals to Eliminate Sentencing Disparities Between Crack and Powder Cocaine Offenses”
  • Lisa Rich, Director of Legislative Affairs, U.S. Sentencing Commission
  • Pat Nolan, Vice President, Prison Fellowship
  • Paul Butler, former prosecutor & Professor, George Washington Law School
  • Lawrence Garrison, impacted person
  • Moderator – Hilary Shelton, Director Washington Bureau NAACP
C-SPAN2 covered the briefing on the Senate side. You can view it at this link.

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