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September 21, 2007

So much for Senate action in September on crack sentencing

As some readers may recall, this post earlier this month spotlighted that the US Senate appeared poised to have a September hearing on crack sentencing.  I believe this hearing was originally scheduled to be this week, but they did not happen.  I have heard various rumors providing various reasons concerning why the crack hearing was put off and concerning whether and when it might still take place.

As I noted in my prior post, I would be surprised to see Congress make any dramatic federal sentencing changes anytime.  Nevertheless, I think the extraordinary energy (and national media) devoted to concerns about racial injustice in the criminal justice system reflected in the Jena 6 March yesterday could possibly bring the crack/powder discussion back into congressional view.

Some related posts on crack and politics:

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OK Quick Question Here Sentencing Guru's Regarding the USSC and its 2008 amendment cycle priorities for Cocaine and Federal Sentencing Policy.....

When will we know if the USSC plans to list the new guideline amendments applicable to crack sentencing under 1B1.10 therefore making them retroactive?? Will we have to wait until on or about May 1, 2008...or could we know sooner?? Any thoughts??? [email protected]

Posted by: steph mclean | Sep 20, 2007 6:55:40 PM

Posted by: steph mclean | Sep 21, 2007 7:49:27 PM

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