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Tag Archives: Fair Sentencing Act

Court: Reduced crack sentences not retroactive

A 2010 law designed to eliminate harsher sentences for black offenders convicted of crack cocaine crimes should not apply retroactively, a federal appeals court ruled in a deeply divided decision that several dissenting judges wrote amounts to furthering racial discrimination.

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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.

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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 amended federal sentencing guidelines covering ...

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