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Reefer Madness: Closing the Crack-Cocaine Gap
U.S. Sentencing Commission votes to close disparate gap between federal sentencing guidelines related to crack and powder cocaine
"...widely disparate gap between federal sentencing guidelines related to crack and powder cocaine, and unless Congress acts to block..."

June 15, 2007 News Column by Jordan Smith

One Pol's Stimulus Is Another's Crack Cocaine
When it comes to the stimulus, state lawmakers split along party lines

March 6, 2009 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Chipping Away at Crack Sentencing Disparity
The first step toward eliminating the much-reviled 100-to-one crack-to-powder-cocaine sentencing scheme will take effect tomorrow, Nov. 1.
"...The first step toward eliminating the much-reviled 100-to-1 crack-to-powder-cocaine sentencing scheme will take effect tomorrow, Nov. 1, when..."

Oct. 31, 2007 News Post by Jordan Smith

Obama on Crack
Obama says he supports eliminating the 100-to-1 crack sentencing disparity
"...President Barack Obama supports the adoption of a one-to-one crack-to-powder cocaine sentencing scheme, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer told..."

April 29, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness: A Crack at Correcting Sentencing Disparity
New law may indicate course change for drug sentencing
"...lawmakers have finally undone the 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. And without delay, on Aug. 3,..."

Aug. 20, 2010 News Column by Jordan Smith

Crack Busters
The pieces are finally in place to end the crack cocaine sentencing disparity
"...now in place to finally eradicate the notorious 100-to-one crack to powder cocaine federal sentencing guidelines...."

Oct. 19, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Talkin' Crack With AG Michael Mukasey
"...country will soon be invaded by teeming throngs of crack-addled heathens hell-bent on infecting new users with their dangerous..."

Jan. 28, 2008 News Post by Jordan Smith

No Knock and No Crack
"...police said a confidential informant told them he’d purchased crack cocaine at the house, and in a warrant application..."

Dec. 1, 2006 News Post by Jordan Smith

Whip That Crack!
"...What exactly is the "Crack House Law"? It's a federal statute that dates back..."

Nov. 16, 2001 Music Feature by Marc Savlov

APD's Crack Crackdown
Operation C'Ya Later hits the Downtown streets
"...have had a busy couple of weeks busting downtown crack dealers and Honduran distributors. On Nov. 19, the APD..."

Dec. 3, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Ground Floor Theatre's black do crack
In this new solo show, writer-performer Florinda Bryant shatters the myth that black women must go it alone
"...In black do crack, a new solo work that Florinda Bryant seems to..."

March 1, 2019 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Crack Breakers?
"...looks a lot like a small nickel bag of cocaine. The company introduced the product at an industry trade..."

Jan. 28, 2008 News Post by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness
Feds ease harsh penalties on crack defendants
"...The first step toward eliminating the much-reviled 100-to-1 crack-to-powder-cocaine sentencing scheme took effect Nov. 1, with federal sentencing..."

Nov. 9, 2007 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness
Convicted drug felons slated for early release this week under new crack-cocaine guidelines
"...Thanks to long-awaited changes to federal crack-cocaine sentencing guidelines, adopted last year by the U.S. Sentencing..."

March 7, 2008 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Roundup 12/23/10
News from the frontline of the drug war
"...Additional reform to crack sentencing laws on the horizon? Could it be?..."

Dec. 23, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Red River Valley
Red River, home to Austin's real live music venues
"...Playdoh Squad, Madcow, Free Range Bastards, Squat Thrust, the Crack Pipes, and -- goodness -- probably three or four..."

June 22, 2001 Music Feature by Christopher Gray

Color of Justice
A drug bust in tiny Tulia, Texas opens up old racial wounds and raises questions about the veracity of the undercover cop-for-hire who orchestrated it all.
"...drug bust didn't take place in the high-volume inner-city cocaine rings of Houston or Dallas, or in a major..."

July 28, 2000 News Feature by Nate Blakeslee

Reefer Madness: A Victory for Proportional Sentencing
The House Judiciary Committee has voted to end the disparity between sentences for crack and powder cocaine
"...do away with the 100-to-1 federal sentencing disparity for crack and powder cocaine...."

Aug. 14, 2009 News Column by Jordan Smith

Crackpot Crackdown
Joining a long East Texas tradition, Jackson County DA Bobby Bell has convicted 28 black people on drug charges via manufactured evidence and railroaded trials. One small-town exile, her family, and a few neighbors are finally fighting back.
"...and the Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office coyly dubbed "Operation Crackdown."..."

Oct. 21, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Reefer Roundup: 7/4/11
Your patriotic drug news roundup
"...with several crimes, including possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. He pleaded guilty in return for a sentence..."

July 4, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness: Drug Laws Are So Fifties
Advocacy group calls for a return to the Seventies on sentencing
"...Act. So lawmakers donned blinders – blinders made from crack cocaine. Again demonstrating little understanding of the drug or..."

Oct. 17, 2008 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Roundup: 12/9/11
Get your fix of drug war news
"...treatment, lawmakers ask for pot rescheduling, and fixing the crack law disparity...."

Dec. 9, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Countdown to Ecstasy
A New Drug for a New Millennium
"...I drug, which places it right alongside heroin and cocaine in terms of illegality, Ecstasy attracts the intellectual, creative..."

June 9, 2000 Music Feature by Marc Savlov

The Agony of the Ecstasy
Will the federal and local crackdown on ecstasy put raves out of business?
"...that threatens to overshadow the mid-Eighties horror show of crack cocaine...."

Nov. 16, 2001 Music Feature by Marc Savlov

If You're White, It's All Right
The colors of justice in Williamson County
"...busts – spent six months making a series of crack cocaine buys in Taylor. Those transactions eventually resulted in..."

Sept. 24, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness
The odd logic behind federal sentencing guidelines
"...Kimbrough, an Iraq war veteran, was popped for selling crack cocaine. He also had a gun. With the amount..."

Oct. 26, 2007 News Column by Jordan Smith

Deep Blues From Gatesville
Amy Smith thought a judge would give her two years max for possession of crack cocaine; why is she doing 20?
"...the maximum penalty for possession of $20 worth of crack cocaine, or $40 worth if you include her priors...."

March 16, 2001 News Feature by Amy Smith

Patterson Appeal Denied Again
Thirteenth Court of Appeals denies for second time the appeal of Frederick Patterson, one of 29 black residents in Edna rounded up and charged with dealing crack
"...2004 on three counts of dealing minor amounts of crack cocaine. Patterson was one of 29 black residents in..."

Nov. 10, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Fatal Error
Hooked on Drug Money
"...the year then-President George Bush waved a bag of crack on TV. Seated in the Oval Office with pictures..."

Dec. 25, 1998 News Feature by Monte Paulsen

Edna Injustice Update
After more than a year-and-a-half in prison for a crime he insists he did not commit, Rick Patterson, one of 29 blacks arrested and charged with selling drugs in Edna, Texas, was granted parole.
"...blacks arrested and charged with selling minor amounts of crack cocaine to a police informant in 2002 in Edna,..."

March 24, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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