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Cocaine Sentencing

Remove the Knife and Heal the Wound: No More Crack/Powder Disparities

Carl L. Hart | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics
Carl L. Hart

I have given thousands of doses of crack cocaine to people -- as part of my research. To punish crack offenses more harshly than powder offenses is like punishing more harshly those who are caught smoking marijuana than those caught eating marijuana-laced brownies.

Trymaine Lee

Ex-Cocaine Kinigpin 'Freeway' Rick Ross Aims To Make Amends After Prison

HuffingtonPost.com | Trymaine Lee | Posted 01.29.2012 | Black Voices

Nearly every night that "Freeway" Rick Ross spent in prison, the same nightmare filled his head: He and his crew are sitting around a table piled h...

John Rudolf

Drug Sentencing Reforms Halt Decades of Prison Population Growth

HuffingtonPost.com | John Rudolf | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK -- In 1986, as the crack cocaine epidemic ravaged America's inner cities, a Democratic Congress passed legislation dictating harsh mandatory ...

Well Done Congress, Now Make Fair Sentencing Act Retroactive

Julie Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Stewart

Congress ignored the temptation of "soft on crime" mudslinging and instead listened to the public, the experts, the courts, and the people who have lost to these racially discriminatory and overly harsh crack sentences.

Obama Signs Bill Reforming Cocaine Sentences

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a bill reducing the disparity between federal mandatory sentences for convictions for crac...

Durbin Cocaine Bill Passes Senate: Would Reduce Disparity In Crack And Powder Sentences

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — Legislation approved by the Senate on Wednesday would significantly reduce the disparity in sentences handed out to those convicted...

Judges Deny Legal Help To Some Crack Cocaine Convicts

McClatchy Newspapers | Marisa Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As federal courts begin the unprecedented task of deciding whether thousands of prisoners should receive lower sentences for crimes involving crack co...