Wednesday, November 14, 2007

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.


At 11/14/2007 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

in Michigan, (MCL 333.7401 Deliver or intent to deliver, or 333.7403 possession of 450 grams to 1000 grams) is up to 30 years - over 1000 grams is life. It all depends on where one would rather spend time.

At 11/15/2007 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a novel choice - leave'em both alone and stay out of jail.

At 11/15/2007 12:29 PM, Blogger happyjuggler0 said...

I fail to see the logic of destructively, and expensively, putting someone in prison for the alleged crime of hurting oneself by getting high.

This is like the state amputating your foot (at taxpayers financial expense no less) whenever you stub your toe. The cure is worse than the disease.


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