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August 3, 2010 (Various)

Fair Sentencing Act Signed by President Obama

After 20 years of advocacy from families, individuals and organizations including The Sentencing Project and the Crack the Disparity Coalition, the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 was signed by President Obama August 3, 2010. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 raises the minimum quantity of crack cocaine that triggers a 5-year mandatory minimum from 5 grams to 28 grams, and from 50 grams to 280 grams to trigger a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence. The amount of powder cocaine required to trigger the 5 and 10-year mandatory minimums remains the same, at 500 grams and 5 kilograms, respectively. The legislation also eliminates the mandatory minimum for simple possession of crack cocaine. The quantity disparity between crack and powder cocaine has moved from 100 to 1 to 18 to 1.

Read the news clips below that highlight the historic legislation change.

read the Wall Street Journal
read the Los Angeles Times

read the Washington Post
read the New York Times
read the San Francisco Chronicle editorial

read the Orange County Register editorial
read Miami Herald

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