Thursday, March 18, 2010

Retroactive Pardons on the Way?

The New York Times reports (here): Legislation approved by the Senate on a voice vote Wednesday would reduce the disparity in sentences for possessing crack and powder cocaine. Currently, a person convicted of crack cocaine possession gets the same mandatory jail time as someone with 100 times that quantity of powder cocaine. Under the measure, the ratio would be reduced to 18 to 1. A similar bill is pending in the House.

One wonders if President Obama and Mr. Holder will consider a series of retroactive "policy" type pardons or, more likely, commutations of sentence, for those affected by the previous guidelines but who continue to serve time in prison.

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