500 leave prison on day 1 of crack sentence easing

Where as it may be nice to read what has happened over the last couple of days, a person will be served well by reading this short background (PDF) piece to get a sense of perspective. Crack Cocaine laws  Be aware that these releases are at the federal level and apply to those sentenced in federal courts only.

Appendix C: History of Cocaine
Crips, Bloods and Crack
Background on laws for Drugs and Narcotics

Todays articles:

WASHINGTON —   AP-      The Federal Bureau of  Prisons says more than 500 people were released from custody Tuesday as a result  of new, lowered sentences for crack cocaine crimes…….The change in sentencing guidelines for crack crimes is eventually estimated to  benefit some 12,000 inmates, reducing sentences by an average of three years.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/02/2484285/500-leave-prison-on-day-1-of-crack.html#ixzz1cb35862O

Black said like many of his peers, he started smoking crack in high school and  began selling it partly to support his habit. He said he was a low-level dealer  and that he didn’t realize the mandatory minimum sentence he faced when he  pleaded guilty in 2003 and was given a 15-year prison term. (see more on mandatory minimums at Supreme Court to Weigh Effects of Bad Plea Advice )

The releases are the result of months of work by prosecutors, public defenders  and judges across the country. Inmates’ requests for sentence reductions were  decided on a case-by-case basis, with courts taking into consideration such  factors as the prisoner’s behavior behind bars and threat to society.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/01/2481659/change-in-crack-sentencing-means.html#ixzz1cb43NF41

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