Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

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OSJCL Amici: Views from the Field

New Look at Sentencing Guidelines for Cocaine

In a retrospective of crack cocaine sentencing over the past two decades, the San Francisco Chronicle published a feature article about the individuals affected by harsh sentencing laws nationally. Reporting on policymakers' haste in creating crack sentences which targeted black communities, the article states: “Cracking down on kingpins was the idea all along. But Congress got it wrong in every way. As the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported in 1995, "the stereotype of a drug-crazed addict committing heinous crimes" was simply fiction. And the crack laws shifted the focus to drug quantities that a neighborhood pusher might carry, not a national or international trafficker.”www.sanfranciscochronicle.com



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