Shorter Sentences Allowed For Crack Cocaine

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that lower court judges can now give shorter prison sentences when it comes to crack cocaine cases.

Such a move reduces disparity between sentences for crack and cocaine powder.

Before now, trafficking five grams of crack carried a mandatory five-year sentence, the same sentence for someone convicted of five-hundred grams of powder cocaine.

Critics said those guidelines were racially discriminatory since crack is a more urban and minority drug than the more expensive powder cocaine.

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