Weekly News via Email
   Set as homepage | Add to favorites | Customer Service | Subscribe Now | Place an Ad | Contact Us | Sitemap Thursday, 04.17.2014
Classifieds
News Archive
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 1  2  3
 4  5  6  7  8  9  10
 11  12  13  14  15  16  17
 18  19  20  21  22  23  24
 25  26  27  28  29  30
Online Extras
Site Services
Around Bend
Outdoor Fun
Travel Info
Shop Local




Members Of



Poll: Today's Live Poll
Email to a friend | Print this | PDF version | Comments (0 posted) 
  Blogger |   del.icio.us |   digg |   newsvine

Nov 13,2007
Panel may cut federal prison terms
by UPI

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of prisoners in the United States could be freed or have their sentences for crack cocaine reduced under new sentencing guidelines.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission, created by Congress in 1984 to set guidelines for federal prison sentences, takes up the issue Tuesday. Earlier this year, they adopted more lenient guidelines for crack offenders and are considering whether to make the guidelines retroactive, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The proposal, which is opposed by the Bush administration, would not affect state prisoners.

If adopted, the new policy would reduce the sentences of some 19,500 federal inmates, by an average of 27 months. Moreover, about 3,800 inmates now incarcerated for possession and distribution of crack cocaine could be freed within the next year, the newspaper reported.

Inmate advocacy groups, civil rights organizations and some judges have complained the federal sentencing guidelines are more stringent for crack cocaine offenses, which usually involve African-American defendants, than for crimes involving powder cocaine, which generally involve whites.

Nearly 86 percent of inmates who would be affected by the change are black while fewer than 6 percent are white, the Post reported.

Copyright © 2007, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

833 times read

Related news
Lower sentences for crack effective Monday by UPI posted on Mar 03,2008

Free the judges by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch posted on Dec 14,2007

Fairer sentencing by The San Diego Union-Tribune posted on Nov 15,2007

Some drug offenders may be released early by UPI posted on Nov 12,2007

Recent crack cocaine ruling brings early Christmas present by Marc_H._Morial posted on Dec 28,2007

Did you enjoy this article? Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00 (total 23 votes)

Market Information
Breaking News
Most Popular
Most Commented
Featured Columnist
Horoscope Guide
Aquarius Aquarius Libra Libra
Aries Aries Pisces Pisces
Cancer Cancer Sagittarius Sagittarius
Capricorn Capricorn Scorpio Scorpio
Gemini Gemini Taurus Taurus
Leo Leo Virgo Virgo
Local Attractions
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau

Mt. Bachelor Resort
Mt. Bachelor Resort

Les Schwab Ampitheater
Les Schwab Ampitheater

Deschutes County Fairgrounds
Deschutes County
Fairgrounds

Tower Theatre
Tower Theatre

The High Desert Museum

Advertisements



Deschutes County

Google  
  Web    BendWeekly.com
© 2006 Bend Weekly News
A .Com Endeavors, Inc. Company.
All Rights Reserved. Terms under
which this service is provided to you.
Please read our Privacy Policy. Contact us.
Bend Weekly News & Event Guide Online
   Save the Net
Advertisement
External sites open in new window,
not endorsed by BendWeekly.com
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Google Add to MSN Add to My AOL
What are RSS headlines?