Fair Sentencing Act

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Overview of Law

Reduces the disparity between federal criminal penalties for crack cocaine and powder cocaine offenses and eliminates the five-year mandatory minimum sentence for simple possession of crack cocaine. Opposed by law enforcement agencies on the basis that correlations can be made between crack cocaine arrests and violent crime.

Fair Sentencing Act Benefits & Positives

DatePositive Result\BenefitRank
08/03/10Large disparity in jail sentences reduced for crack cocaine related offenses that disproportionately affected African Americans