DOJ WANTS REDUCED SENTENCES FOR MORE DRUG OFFENDERS
The Justice Department is pitching a proposal that would retroactively apply crack sentencing laws to thousands of offenders whose conduct occurred before new guidelines took effect reducing sentences for many inmates. Last August, President Obama signed into law a measure that reduced the 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine, a move Justice officials supported. On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. and Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer in separate remarks said the department favors going one step further—the retroactive application of that guideline to offenders whose conduct occurred before August. Such a move could benefit more than 12,000 prisoners.
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Courtesy of NJLJ 6/3/11