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Crackhead Apocalypse? 12,000 Convicted ‘Crack’ Inmates To Be Released

(AllHipHop News) Thousands of inmates who have been incarcerated for possessing small amounts of cocaine will get a taste of freedom soon due to the Crack Cocaine Disparity Law, according to CNN. The law changes the 100-to-1 disparity between minimum sentences for crack and powder cocaine to 18-to-1.

In the old system, people who were caught with five grams of cocaine would receive the same sentence as those caught with 500 grams – five years of jail time. Now, those sentences will be cut in half for convicts busted for small amounts of drugs. Over 12,000 inmates are eligible for early release.

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Michael Nachmanoff, the federal public defender for the Eastern District of Virginia told CNN:

“This really has been one of the great stains on our federal criminal justice system for 20 years or more. This disparity between the punishment for crack cocaine and powder was really unjustified.” 

Spotted: Carlton Jordan

  • TheBoxcarHobo

    You should’ve named the article dope boy apocalypse.

    Seriously this has been long overdue, I don’t agree with crack slangin but these laws are unfair, and target people of color.

  • I will get my car hand washed & detailed for $2 and my car engine changed for $20. 

  • no..its a WHITE SUPREMIST GOVERNMENT SYSTEM CRACK IMPORT APOCALYPSE!   if we UN-OCCUPY white supremacy, ALL the b.s. stops!

    • Keith Brickz

      ur name sounds about right…stfu with that bullshit

  • Realist4200

      Funniest headline / picture combination ever. Good to see they’re evening it out a little bit. Crack is a terrible thing but the sentencing for it was/is ridiculous.

  • lmao…..

  • R_REAL_TALK

    WELL GOOD LUCK TO HO EVER GETS OUT BUT WE ALL NO THEY GONNA BE RIGHT BACK IN FOR THE SAME SS?HITT?? GETTING EVEN MORE TIME ON THEIR 2ND AND 3RD OFFENSE CAUSE IF THE WHERE DUM ENOUGH TO GET CAUGHT THE FIRST TIME IT WONT BE THE LAST TIME THINK IAM LYING LETS DUE A SURVEY ON THE 12,OOO THAT GET RELEASED AND I BET 11,500 GO RIGHT BACK IN A MATTER OF TIME LETS DUE THAT SURVEY SO I CAN PROVE MY POINT LETS DO IT. AND DONT GET MAD YALL SENDING ME EMAILS 1 THING I HATE IS A NN?IGGA HO HATES THE TRUTH ?????

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  • Carlton Jordan

    Correction/Update:

    1)  The incarcerated federal inmates who may be eligible for a sentence reduction have been convicted of crack trafficking offenses, not simple crack possession.

    2) The name of the law that President Obama signed on August 3, 2010, was the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, not the Crack Cocaine Disparity Law. The Sentencing Commission by congressional directive amended the federal sentencing guidelines to reflect the changes in federal crack cocaine sentencing policy, and on June 30, 2011, voted unanimously to make the change retroactive.

    3) We stated, “In the old system, people who were caught with 5 grams of cocaine would receive the same sentence as those caught with 500 grams, 5 years of jail time.”  To clarify, prior to the enactment of the Fair Sentencing Act, possession of 5 grams of crack cocaine triggered a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence, while possession of 100 times more powder cocaine (500 grams powder) would trigger the same mandatory minimum sentence, thus the 100-to-1 ratio. The 5-year mandatory minimum sentence for simple possession of 5 grams of crack cocaine was repealed by the Fair Sentencing Act. Trafficking in crack cocaine still carries a 5-year mandatory prison sentence, but the amount to trigger this penalty is now 28 grams of crack instead of 5 grams of crack, thus the 18-to-1 ratio.

    4) We wrote, “Now those sentences will be cut in half for convicts busted for small amounts of drugs.” But that is incorrect, the Sentencing Commission projects that the average crack cocaine trafficking sentence will drop from 164 months (13 years 8 months) to 127 months (10 years 7 months), an average reduction in imprisonment of 37 months for eligible defendants.

    5) Also a flood of 12,000 inmates will NOT soon be free. The release of eligible inmates will not happen automatically, but rather after careful review by a federal judge, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, defense and prosecuting attorneys, and federal probation officers, to consider whether the reduction in an inmate’s sentence does not pose a public safety hazard. The final decision whether to approve an inmate’s petition for a sentence reduction remains that of the judge. Most notably, although you do not include this important information in your story, the releases will occur over the next 30 years.

  • THIS WOULD BE THE PERFECT WAY TO START THE NEW SCARFACE MOVIE THEYRE WORKING ON…

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  • Time to Start Cooking!!!!!!!

  • Carlton Jordon:
    Good look on that info!
    Thanx for clearing it up.

  • brnx1

    wow…millions of niggas locked up cuz of the drug war and all hip hop, one of most read hip hop sites comes out with a joke that’s not even funny.

    this ain’t a joke. this is people’s lives. shame on you.

  • I guess Foxy Brown was the first one they released, because she smokes crack all day, with her constant “My album is dropping” promises…lol

  • no offense but seriously, 91% of the Carlton Jordans in urban America are addicted to crack cocaine…
    My parents weren’t thinking too hard either when they named me Robert Banks… yeah I prefer to use the ATM machine….

    props for clarifying the facts, it’s amazing how badly some news sources twist their details around between research notes and final publish…