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November 18, 2011 (Washington Office on Latin America)
New Publication: "Breakthrough in U.S. Drug Sentencing Reform"

"Breakthrough in U.S. Drug Sentencing Reform: The Fair Sentencing Act and the Unfinished Reform Agenda” analyzes the 2010 crack cocaine sentencing reform and the factors that contributed to the law’s overwhelming bipartisan support.


Author: Kara Gotsch
November 2, 2011 (The New York Times)
New Crack Guidelines Go into Effect Retroactively

The Fair Sentencing Act's reduction of the disparity between crack and powder cocaine sentencing went into effect retroactively on November 1st. The new guidelines, which were made retroactive by the United States Sentencing Commission reduce the disaparity from 100:1 to 18:1, which could shorten the sentences of some 12,000 individuals by an average of three years. This change has already made more than 1,800 people eligible for release from federal prison immediately.


July 6, 2011 (The Root)
Views on Crack Sentencing Decision

The decision by the U.S. Sentencing Commission to retroactively apply its guidelines to implement “The Fair Sentencing Act,” which reduced the disparity between crack and powder cocaine sentencing to 18-1, has drawn applause and partisan complaints.


July 1, 2011 (Los Angeles Times)
News Coverage of Historic U.S. Sentencing Commission Decision

Reporting on the historic U.S. Sentencing Commission vote to allow sentence reductions for prisoners convicted under the 100 to 1 cocaine sentencing disparity, the Los Angeles Times cited The Sentencing Project’s advocacy in support of the decision.


June 30, 2011
Commission Unanimously Approves Sentence Reductions for Prisoners Confined Under Harsh Crack Cocaine Law

The Sentencing Project is pleased to announce that the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously today to retroactively apply the amended guidelines resulting from The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 to prisoners who were incarcerated under the earlier, harsher 100 to 1 crack cocaine sentencing law.  Today’s decision means that some prisoners sentenced before the law went into affect –12,000 people –could have their guideline sentences reduced by 3 years, on average.