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Jun 3, 2014

ON THE DEFENSIVE: Nation’s opiate epidemic sparks new response

In the 1980s, America faced a crack cocaine epidemic.

Nov 18, 2013

Lessons learned: Prosecutors’ approaches to heroin epidemic differ from crack’s heyday

Nearly two decades after the height of crack cocaine use in Milwaukee, former District Attorney Mike McCann questions the tactics his office used to prosecute the problem.

Apr 24, 2012

High court debates cocaine sentencing law

The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 reduced the sentencing disparity between defendants convicted of crack cocaine-related crimes and those convicted of crimes involving the powder version of the drug.

Apr 17, 2012

Court seems split on when to apply new sentences

The Supreme Court seemed split Tuesday on whether criminals who were arrested but not yet sentenced for crack cocaine offenses should be able to take advantage of newly reduced sentences.

Jun 9, 2011

DOJ backs retroactive reduction of crack sentences

The Obama administration is urging the U.S. Sentencing Commission to revise its guidelines to retroactively apply a 2010 law cutting the disparity between sentences for crack cocaine and powder cocaine offenses. If adopted, the proposal would allow more than 5,000 inmates imprisoned for crack offenses to seek an earlier release. Earlier this year, the commission […]


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