Obama wields his presidential powers to commute the sentences of eight crack dealers in first step toward balancing historic laws that 'unfairly punished' poor black people.
Anyone old enough to remember the crack epidemic of 1980's and 90's, an epidemic of death and destruction of lives by a highly addictive drug even more dangerous than the present meth problem, this should make little sense. In the black community, the rise of gangs and the violence associated that came with crack has not ceased to this day.
But, it is the Age of Obama....
"In a move designed to redress the glaring racial disparity between those serving sentences for crack possession and those jailed for carrying cocaine, President Obama commuted the prison sentences of eight people on Thursday after deciding their offenses did not justify the length of their time behind bars.
All eight were sentenced under old federal guidelines that treated convictions for crack cocaine offenses harsher than those involving the powder form of the drug and led to tens of thousands of black people serving long prison terms, while those caught with cocaine - who were more likely to be white - were handed lenient jail time.
Of the eight, some had been sentenced to life imprisonment for dealing crack cocaine at the age of only 17 because of harsher sentences created in the 1980s designed to fight what was seen as an epidemic of the highly addictive drug on the streets of America. It was enacted in 1986 when crack cocaine use was rampant and considered a particularly violent drug.
The president signed the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010 to cut penalties for crack cocaine offenses in order to reduce the disparity. But the act addressed only new cases, not old ones....."READ MORE