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Early release possible for offenders

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thousands of federal prisoners locked up for offenses involving crack cocaine will be eligible for early release after a vote Thursday by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Congress passed a law last year substantially lowering recommended sentences for people convicted of crack cocaine crimes ...

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Does higher sentence apply beyond crack?

For years, a federal statute imposed a minimum penalty that was 100 times higher for offenses involving “cocaine base” than for powder cocaine offenses. Though that law has been changed to reduce the disparity, the U.S. Supreme Court is now considering ...

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