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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  • by mike Location: pantego on Dec 11, 2007 at 02:36 PM
    What?crack is cocaine besides crack is far more additive and dangerous than cocaine.
  • by Paul Location: Nags Head on Dec 11, 2007 at 07:01 AM
    This is about the DUMBEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD OF! Drugs are drugs! plain and simple. The law enforcement are doing nothing more than setting themselves up for a bigger outbreak of drug deals. These drug dealers are going to take this lesser charges into consideration when selling drugs and more and more people are going to continue to do and sell drugs in the rock form. Are us citizens going to be notified when there is a "CRACK HEAD" moving in next door because they are not as dangerous as cocaine addicts? The judicial system makes me sick to my stomach! This is about the dumbest thing I have ever heard in my 35 years of life.

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