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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 federal..."

Oct. 31, 2007 News Post by Jordan Smith

Death Watch: Racial Bias Infected Sentencing Hearing
Saga to secure new hearing for Duane Buck continues
"...Duane Buck deserves a new sentencing hearing...."

March 21, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Perry Adds Abortion, Minimum Sentencing to Special Session
Two red meat conservative items bolted on to agenda
"...First transportation, now abortions and minimum sentencing: Ramping up speculation that Gov. Rick Perry will run..."

June 11, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

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

Aug. 20, 2010 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness: A Victory for Proportional Sentencing
The House Judiciary Committee has voted to end the disparity between sentences for crack and powder cocaine
"...by federal judges, especially those on the United States Sentencing Commission, members of the House Judiciary Committee on July..."

Aug. 14, 2009 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness: Federal Sentencing Law Up for (Watered-Down) Reform
Senate committee passes compromise bill on sentencing disparity
"...a bill to do away with the infamous 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. Unfortunately, it's not..."

March 19, 2010 News Column by Jordan Smith

Mandatory-Minimum Sentencing Criticized, Even by Judges
"...Thanks in part to draconian mandatory-minimum sentencing and insufficiently flexible federal sentencing guidelines, our nation's prisons..."

Aug. 22, 2003 Postmarks

New Sentencing Hearing for Arena
Texas Supremes say no relief on actual innocence
"...says never happened – is entitled to a new sentencing hearing...."

May 18, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

Texas Death Penalty Sentencing Declines
A new report shows sentencing on the decline – but Texas is still No. 1 when it comes to killing

Dec. 11, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness: Drug Laws Are So Fifties
Advocacy group calls for a return to the Seventies on sentencing
"...drug users and drug traffickers for the purposes of sentencing." Fifty-seven years ago, lawmakers passed the Boggs Act in..."

Oct. 17, 2008 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness
The odd logic behind federal sentencing guidelines
"...the U.S. Supreme Court made a revelatory ruling: Federal sentencing guidelines, laying out mandatory ranges for a host of..."

Oct. 26, 2007 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Roundup: 6/3/11
Your dose of drug war news
"...bills, Attorney General Eric Holder supports making new crack sentencing law retroactive, and a bunch of international honchos say..."

June 3, 2011 News Post 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

Talkin' Crack With AG Michael Mukasey
"...collection of bleeding hearts, otherwise known as the U.S. Sentencing Commission, to downgrade federal sentencing guidelines for crack-related offenses,..."

Jan. 28, 2008 News Post by Jordan Smith

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

April 29, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Death Watch: CCA Dismisses Buck Appeal
Ignores question of racial bias in defendant's trial
"...inmate Duane Buck, who has asked to have a sentencing hearing free from racially biased testimony...."

Nov. 20, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Doing 25 to Life
U.S. Sentencing Commission in Austin to consider testimony on impact of 1984 sentencing reform law
"...It's the 25th anniversary of the federal Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, do you know where your..."

Nov. 19, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Will Medi-Pot Caregiver Go to Prison?
Federal judge wants feds to clarify position on medi-pot raids before sentencing California man
"...Angeles federal Judge George Wu who has postponed a sentencing hearing for Lynch pending the response of the DOJ..."

March 24, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Tie-Died: Rock 'n Roll's Most Deadicated Fans
"...Times and Relix magazines to rail against the criminal sentencing laws that require “mandatory minimums.” Here, the movie drops..."

Sept. 22, 1995 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

News Roundup: Water Flows Downhill
WTP 4 opens, ACLU sues Obama, and Brown awaits his fate
"...journalist/activist Barrett Brown learned he'll wait another month for sentencing...."

Dec. 22, 2014 News Post by the News Staff

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

Oct. 19, 2009 News Post 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 Commission..."

March 7, 2008 News Column 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 guidelines..."

Nov. 9, 2007 News Column by Jordan Smith

Weed Watch
Supreme Court tosses out mandatory sentencing ... sort of
"...ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the federal sentencing guideline scheme enacted by Congress in the mid-Eighties in..."

Jan. 21, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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
"...The U.S. Sentencing Commission has voted to close the widely disparate gap..."

June 15, 2007 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness: Bush Pardons Hip-Hop Artist
John Forté was dealt harsh sentence under draconian drug law
"...2001 and handed a 14-year prison term under mandatory-minimum sentencing. The decision to release Forté was applauded by drug-law..."

Dec. 12, 2008 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Roundup: 12/9/11
Get your fix of drug war news
"...books as well as the use of mandatory minimum sentencing. Just what we need. Passage of the bill by..."

Dec. 9, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Reefer Roundup: 7/4/11
Your patriotic drug news roundup
"...plurality that federal defendants who negotiated plea deals under sentencing guidelines that then change may seek to have their..."

July 4, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Judges Seek Alternatives to Incarceration
A review of federal sentencing guidelines reveals room for improvement
"...At a meeting of the U.S. Sentencing Commission last week, Judge William K. Sessions III (r)..."

Nov. 27, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Execution Assembly Line Gets Rolling
12 executions are currently scheduled through July
"...Buck a new punishment hearing, arguing that his original sentencing was marred by racial bias...."

March 29, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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