US Sentencing Commission Votes Unanimously to Retroactively Apply Fair Sentencing Act of 2010

Date:

prison america1 us sentencing commission votes unanimously to retroactively apply fair sentencing act of 2010

The US Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to retroactively apply the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. This move will allow over 12,000 prisoners to be released who were sentenced under harsh crack cocaine laws, prisoners that got sentences 100 times worse than someone who was convicted with powder cocaine. This led to a huge disparity between whites and blacks, since the majority of African-Americans were caught with crack cocaine, and white drug users tend to use powder cocaine.

Judge Patti B. Saris noted, "In passing the Fair Sentencing Act, Congress recognized the fundamental unfairness of federal cocaine sentencing policy and ameliorated it through bipartisan legislation. Today’s action by the Commission ensures that the longstanding injustice recognized by Congress is remedied, and that federal crack cocaine offenders who meet certain criteria established by the Commission and considered by the courts may have their sentences reduced to a level consistent with the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010.”

Congress has the final say, but it is unlikely to intervene and the decision by the commission will stand, and prisoners sentenced under crack cocaine offenses can start petitioning judges for a revised sentence in November. Reductions will not be automatic though, a judge will rule on each case, with both the defender and the prosecutor weighing in.

To find out more, please visit:
http://www.ussc.gov/

 

Oh hi there 👋 It’s nice to meet you.

Sign up to receive awesome content in your inbox, every month.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share post:

Subscribe

spot_imgspot_img

Popular

More like this
Related

China Using Fake Social Media To Promote Trump

China Using Fake Social Media To Promote Trump China Using...

Analyzing Trump’s Question: Are We Better Off Than 4 Years Ago?

Four years ago, The COVID-19 pandemic created significant disruptions in the U.S. food system, resulting in shortages and higher prices for basic supplies and food.

Trump Russian Controlled, Maddow Slams Manafort, Brought In To Raise Russian Money, Destroy Ukraine

The connections between former President Donald Trump, his campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Russia have been a subject of significant interest and investigation, particularly in the context of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

The Lauren Boebert Crime Family Strikes Again, Massive 22 Criminal Charges

Rep. Lauren Boebert’s son was arrested Tuesday and now faces 22 charges relating to an alleged crime wave in Colorado, authorities said.