New terms for crack-cocaine prison sentences controversial

The Attorney General has announced that the new reduced penalties for federal crack-cocaine penalties should be used retroactively so that those who are in prison for the stricter penalties can have the benefit of the new standards.

This becomes controversial because a release of thousands of prison inmates that are currently serving drug offense sentences.

The Fair Sentencing Act that was signed in last August eased the old rules that punished crack-cocaine much more harshly than powder cocaine. If these new laws are applied retroactively, nearly 12,040 prison inmates will be allowed to seek reduced prison terms. Data shows that an average sentence would be reduced from 164 months to 127 months.

If you or a loved one has been charged of a drug offense, contact the Dallas drug crimes defense lawyers of the law office of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007.

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