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The crack/powder disparity has hugely impacted black America, as hundreds of thousands of black men are still in prison after decades of incarceration for simple drug possession and distribution. The Supreme Court, Congress and The White House are the gate keepers, keeping these men and women away from their families. The court did make a ruling this week on the disparity, stating that those who were sentenced after the disparity was reduced from 100-to-1 to 18-to-1, should benefit from the changes in the law.
It’s a small step forward, but there is a great deal more work left to do:
The Supreme Court ruled this week that those who committed crack cocaine offenses before new laws came into effect should receive sentences that benefit from the new rules, not the old ones. The case ruled in favor of Corey A. Hill and Edward Dorsey, two men who were convicted of selling crack in 2007 and 2008. Both of them received mandatory 10-year sentences in the state of Illinois but were sentenced after the the Fair Sentencing Act went into effect in 2010.