President Barack Obama Repeals the Fair Sentencing Act

 President Barack Obama Repeals the Fair Sentencing Act U.S. President Barack Obama (C) signs the Fair Sentencing Act in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington DC, USA, on August 3, 2010. The law will aim to correct the disparities between crack and powder cocaine sentencing. Also in the picture (L to R); Attorney General Eric Holder, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Democratic Representative Bobby Scott of Virginia, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas.

This is long overdue…..and has led to unfair sentencing, a person convicted of crack cocaine possession gets the same mandatory prison term as someone with 100 times that same amount of powder cocaine.

The 100-1 ratio, enacted in 1986, has led to a racial disparity between blacks, the hardest hit by the crack cocaine epidemic, and whites receiving lighter sentences for possessing equivalent amounts of powder cocaine.
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