Some Pending Sanity; No, Make That Less Insanity
On a previous post, I wrote about the significant difference in sentencing for powder cocaine possession compared to crack cocaine (powder cocaine + baking soda) possession. Wow, you add a little baking soda to 5 grams of powder cocaine and you're going to jail for 5-years, compared to getting caught with 100X that amount of cocaine without the baking soda. That's a lot of extra jail time for a little Arm and Hammer. Well, it now looks like there's a possiblity that some sanity might actually prevail.... No, let me rephrase that. There's a distinct possibility that the amount of insanity might be significantly lowered. Read on.
WASHINGTON - The federal judiciary supports a change in US sentencing rules that may give about 20,000 crack cocaine offenders early release from prison. The sentencing commission estimates that 19,500 prisoners would be able to seek reduced time if the new guidelines apply to them, yielding an average reduction of 27 months behind bars.