Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Congress Works Around Obama

The ACLU announces that the House of Representatives has passed a bill that would make changes to current cocaine sentencing laws. The legislation will now go to President Obama, who has given lip service to such concerns in the past, but has yet to utilize the pardon power as a check on previous legislation/policy. The Fair Sentencing Act (S. 1789) unanimously passed by the Senate in March. The bill reduces the discriminatory 100:1 disparity between crack and powder cocaine sentencing under federal law to 18:1. It also eliminates the mandatory minimum sentence for simple possession of crack cocaine. See complete ACLU release here.

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