1. WAR ON DRUGS

    Crack-Cocaine Sentences Reduced

    LOS ANGELES - APRIL 14:  Six ounces of crack cocaine worth $4800 was found inside a woman's purse April 14, 2010 during a raid by LAPD gang detectives on a drug dealer's house in South East division of Los Angeles, California. Detectives also found a SKS assault rifle and a .357 magnum revolver. The drug dealer, a veteran of the local Bounty Hunter Bloods street gang, was arrested a short distance from his apartment. Major crime figures for Los Angeles have gone down in the last two years. Los Angeles city financial cutbacks have nearly eliminated overtime payments for the LAPD gang and narcotics units forcing officers to take unpaid leave days once their overtime ceilings are reached. Another major issue is LAPD union members are refusing to sign a controversial city Consent Decree which would force police officers to make public their personal and family financial records.  (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

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    Some 12,000 prison inmates are eligible for reduced sentences for crack-cocaine convictions after the United States Sentencing Commission on Tuesday retroactively put the Congress’s Fair Sentencing Act in place. Congress passed the Fair Sentencing Act in August 2010, easing the disparity of the minimum sentences of crack cocaine and powder cocaine from 100 to 1 to 18 to 1. An estimated 1,800 prison inmates were released immediately on Tuesday for time served. The old sentencing guidelines were seen as discriminating against African-Americans, since crack-cocaine offenders are more likely to be African-American and powder-cocaine offenders are more likely to be white.

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