July 28, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On July 28, 2010, the US House of Representatives approved legislation to reduce the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 amended the law to reduce the sentencing ratio from 100:1 to 18:1. Under a law passed in 1986, an individual ...[read more]
April 24, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On April 24, 2008, the US Sentencing Commission announced that over 3,000 prison inmates convicted of crack cocaine offenses had been granted early release under an amendment to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. These figures followed the unanimous decision by the commission in December 2007 to ...[read more]
March 17, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On March 17, 2010, the US Senate voted unanimously in favor of legislation reducing sentencing disparities for powder and crack cocaine offenses. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), amended existing law to reduce the sentencing disparity between crack cocaine ...[read more]
August 4, 2010
by Torrey Hullum
Julie Stewart: "Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill to reduce the infamous 100:1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. The Senate approved the bill in March. Today, President Obama finished the job by signing the bill, ending a nearly ...[read more]
August 3, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed legislation that reduces the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 amends existing law to reduce the current sentencing ratio from 100:1 to 18:1. Under the existing law passed in 1986, an ...[read more]
July 29, 2010
by Erin Bock
The US House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday that would reduce the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 would amend existing law to reduce the current sentencing ratio from 100:1 to 18:1. Under the existing law passed in 1986, ...[read more]
March 18, 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni
The US Senate unanimously passed legislation Wednesday to reduce sentencing disparities for powder and crack cocaine offenses. The Fair Sentencing Act, introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), would amend existing law to reduce the sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine ...[read more]
July 30, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US House Judiciary Committee voted 16-9 Wednesday to approve a bill that would eliminate sentencing disparities for powder and crack cocaine offenses. The bill, co-sponsored by committee chairman John Conyers (D-MI) would eliminate the distinction between the two forms of the drug under ...[read more]
June 30, 2009
by Andrew Wood
Bill Piper and Ethan Nadelmann: US Attorney General Eric Holder's recent call for eliminating the crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity and reforming mandatory minimum sentencing is a welcome development that reflects the growing momentum for sentencing reform on this issue.This momen... ...[read more]
June 27, 2009
by Andrew Wood
Marc Mauer: Attorney General Eric Holder's call this week for Congress to finally eliminate the sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine this year was the most high-profile indication of the Administration's support for fundamental change in this shame... ...[read more]

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