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July 9, 2007

An effective review of federal crack sentencing issues

A helpful reader alterted me to this new article on-line at the American Prospect discussing crack sentencing issues and developments in this federal system.  Here are snippets:

A flurry of recent legislative activity may finally signal an end to what critics call a blatantly racist federal sentencing policy.  Now over 20 years old, the sentencing guidelines set forth in the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 mandate a minimum incarceration of five years for possession of five grams of crack cocaine -- the same penalty that is triggered for the sale of 500 grams of powder cocaine, or 100-times the minimum quantity for crack....

This year, as it has four times in the past two decades, the [US Sentencing] Commission recommended that lawmakers repeal the crack sentencing mandate. In a 202-page report released on May 15, the Commission maintained its consistently held position that the 100-to-1 drug quantity ratio significantly undermines the various congressional objectives set forth in the Sentencing Reform Act and urged Congress to take legislative action to reform the system.  Some lawmakers appear to have finally taken that message to heart.

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