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The Numbers on Crack

Though prison sentences for crack cocaine offenses are often five times as long as those involving powder cocaine, there is little difference in the nature of the crimes. About 1,500 convicted crack offenders would be eligible for an immediate release from federal prison if they are granted a sentence reduction based on new sentencing guidelines. Here's a snapshot of their offenses and criminal histories.

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Crack Offenders Set for Release Mostly Nonviolent, Study Says
Article | Most of the more than 1,500 crack cocaine offenders who are immediately eligible to petition courts to be released from federal prisons under new guidelines issued by the U.S. Sentencing Commission are small-time dealers or addicts who are not career criminals and whose charges did not involve vi...

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