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Nkechi Taifa, Esq.

Justice for Eight in Crack-Cocaine Sentencing. Thousands to Go.

By News & Current Affairs

By Nkechi Taifa  — Clemency not only provides a measure of justice for people who have been unnecessarily incarcerated, it curbs huge costs to taxpayers. In December, President Obama commuted the sentences of eight people serving harsh prison terms on crack-cocaine convictions. Why? Until recently, those who possessed just five grams of crack cocaine received the same five-year sentence as those who distributed 500 grams of powder cocaine; those who…

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