Thursday, June 2, 2011
Sentencing Commission Considers Retroactive Crack/Powder Fix
The U.S. Sentencing Commission is considering whether relief from crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity should be applied retroactively. In plain English, a person who uses crack used to get prison sentences 100 times a long as those busted for powder cocaine. The bias against crack has been reduced for cases that occur in the future. But what about the 12000 people serving very long sentence for crack? Should they be entitled to shortened sentences? I think so, so long as no one was intentionally physically injured. Remember, these defendants have families and children. Their sentences were the result of runaway hyper-incarceration in the first place - part of a misguided war on drugs that fell most heavily on black and urban youth. The Sentencing Commission will vote on this matter any day now. I'd like to know what you think.