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Justice Department Seeks to Reform Crack Sentencing

04.30.09 Will Sherman

crack_cocaine6While 5 grams of crack gets you 5 years in prison, it takes 500 grams of powered cocaine for the same punishment. As the two forms of cocaine mainly differ in price and the communities where they’re found, the Justice Department is eliminate this arbitrary disparity by relaxing harsh crack sentencing that has been disproportionately imprisoning minorities for years. |NYT|