Judicial Conference Urges Crack Cocaine Sentencing Guideline Cuts Be Retroactive

(larger version here.)

Via Sentencing Law and Policy, the Criminal Law Committee of the Judicial Conference ( a body of federal judges established by Congress with the purpose of enacting policy for our federal courts) is urging the Sentencing Commission to make the recent reductions in crack cocaine sentencing guidelines retroactive. The letter is available here (pdf.)

There are 19,500 inmates serving time for crack cocaine in federal prisons. Some other good links:

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    retroactive sentencing changes (none / 0) (#1)
    by diogenes on Sun Nov 04, 2007 at 06:03:58 PM EST
    So if a state increases sentences for DWI, for example (as Virginia did recently), that should be retroactive too?  
    The enlightened governors of the blue states are welcome to give clemency to all the deserving "oversentenced" crack dealers in their prisons.  President Hillary or President Obama can do the same for those in federal prisons.