Thursday, July 29, 2010

I Heard it Through the Grapevine...

A day after the huge legislative victory that changed the 100-to-1 crack-powder cocaine disparity to 18-to-1, the media is still cranking out the coverage.  This piece in The Birmingham News lauds Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and quotes FAMM President Julie Stewart, marveling at the bipartisan effort that produced the bill:

"Members of both parties deserve enormous credit for moving beyond the politics of fear and simply doing the right thing," said Julie Stewart, founder and president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, a national nonprofit.
And for those who just can't get enough, here is yet even more coverage:

House eases crack cocaine sentences (Gary Fields, The Wall Street Journal)

Gap in federal cocaine sentences to narrow (Carrie Johnson, NPR)

Congress approves crack cocaine sentencing changes (Los Angeles Times)

Congress votes to reduce cocaine/crack disparity (AP, on CBS News)

Congress reduces drug sentence gap (Erik Eckholm, New York Times)

Main Justice's coverage

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