As the Nov. 1 effective date approaches for new and lower crack cocaine sentencing guidelines, the U.S. Sentencing Commission has received more than 1,000 public comments on a related proposal -- making those lower sentencing levels retroactive, which could result in nearly 20,000 crack offenders having their sentences reduced an average of two years or more. The comments heavily favor retroactivity, according to sources close to the commission's work -- but the DOJ has yet to weigh in on the issue.
Retroactivity for Crack Sentence Cuts Debated
The National Law Journal
October 26, 2007