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June 21, 2012

SUPREME COURT CRACK COCAINE DECISION A VOTE FOR JUSTICE

Marc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project, commented on the June 21 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the cases of Dorsey v. United States and Hill v. United States."

 "Today’s decision represents a vote for fairness and justice.  Congress passed the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010 as a recognition of the unfair and excessively punitive nature of federal crack cocaine sentencing. To continue to sentence defendants under provisions that are now universally seen as antiquated would only serve to perpetuate this longstanding injustice."

He added: “The racial disparities created by federal crack cocaine sentencing were profound, with African Americans constituting 80% of defendants. Today’s decision marks another step toward racial fairness.”

Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Racial Disparity, Drug Policy