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Commission Keeps Us Waiting April 8, 2011

Posted by FairSentencing in : Current News , trackback

We asked for your help once again and you delivered! More than 15,000 of you responded to our call to “swamp the Sentencing Commission” with comments about the proposed new crack amendments to the guidelines.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to make those changes to the crack cocaine sentencing guidelines permanent – find the details of their actions here – but put off deciding whether to make the changes retroactive. We expect the Commission to have a hearing on retroactivity this June. The Commission also did not vote to reduce penalties for all drugs. We do not know when or if the Commission will take the issue up again.

We want to make sure the Commission knows crack retroactivity is a matter of basic fairness. So we will need your help again. They haven’t asked for comments yet, but you can be sure we will let you know the moment that they do.

So please stay tuned and watch for another call to action soon. We will be certain to give you as much time as possible to share your thoughts with the Commission.

Thanks again for your impressive response to the Commission about crack retroactivity, and for all you do for sentencing justice!



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