Tag: Fair Sentencing Act

California Fair Sentencing Act Signed Into Law

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org California Gov. Jerry Brown Sunday signed into law the Fair Sentencing Act, which will undo racial disparities in the sentencing of cocaine offenders under laws passed during the crack cocaine hysteria of the 1980s. Brown did not issue a signing statement. The law, Senate Bill 1010, eliminates sentencing disparities between crack …

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California Fair Sentencing Act Passes Assembly

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.com The California Assembly today approved the Fair Sentencing Act, which would remove the legal disparity in the treatment of crack and powder cocaine offenders under state law. The measure, Senate Bill 1010, has already passed the state Senate. It goes back to the Senate for a pro forma concurrence vote, and …

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President Obama Commutes Sentences For 8 Drug Convictions, Calls for Sentencing Reform

By Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug sentences in the most expansive use yet of his power to free inmates. All eight were sentenced under old federal guidelines that treated convictions for crack cocaine offenses harsher than those involving the …

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