Crack the Disparity
    After two great victories at the end of 2007, momentum is definitely on the side of those working to reform our country's outrageous sentencing disparity for crack vs. powder cocaine. First, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in Kimbrough v. U.S., that judges can sentence people below the sentencing guidelines for crack offenses. Immediately following this victory, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to allow prisoners serving sentences for crack offenses to seek reductions under guidelines that went into effect in November.

    Even with all of these exciting developments, it is important to remember that these changes represent only incremental progress in the efforts to reform the federal crack cocaine law. The Sentencing Commission's guideline changes will not eliminate or even significantly alleviate the very long mandatory minimum sentences that many people are serving for crack cocaine offenses. Congress still must act in order to eliminate the statutory 100 to 1 disparity between crack and powder cocaine.

    It has been more than 20 years...now is the time to mend the cracked justice system!!!

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