but now that is over. the penalties for crack offenses have been dropped by two levels, making possession of crack and cocaine comparable. this applies to new offenders being sentenced. for now, those currently in prison for this refraction will not be reconsidered given the new law:
First, the Sentencing Commission must decide whether the reduction will be retroactive and apply to the 19,500 currently serving sentences for crack offenses. Its analysis of the issue ... includes the statistic that of the 19,500 inmates currently serving federal sentences for crack offenses, 86% are black, 8% are hispanic and 6% are white.this reminds me that i went to prison yesterday. perhaps i'll tell more later.
In other words, blacks serve far longer sentences than whites for a comparable offense regarding substances that are chemically identical. With 19,500 inmates still in prison serving these disparate sentences, retroactivity is essential for fairness.