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Making It Fair

Pat Nolan published an op-ed in the Washington Times yesterday about reducing the sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and cocaine powder. The House is considering the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (S. 1789), which would reduce the disparity from 100:1 to 18:1. This bill is very important because the large difference between punishment for crack cocaine and for cocaine powder has locked up many nonviolent offenders, has put a disproportionate number of African American men and women behind bars, and has drained federal resources that should be targeted toward high-level kingpins. Eliminating the disparity would be a significant victory for justice and fairness in our system.

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