Why are they still behind bars?

May 24 2011

When Congress voted to narrow the unjust disparity in sentences for crack and powder cocaine last summer, lawmakers didn't apply the change retroactively. That means that people who were sentenced in the past two decades under the old, misguided law are still behind bars.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission could soon vote on whether to do its part in righting this wrong. In the run-up to a June 1st hearing on the issue, they’ve asked for public input. Join us in telling the commissioners that people serving lengthy federal sentences for crack offenses should not be in prison simply because deeply flawed laws put them there years ago.

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