Monday, November 29, 2010

"Fairer Isn't the Same as Fair"

FAMM and other sentencing reform advocates hailed passage of the Fair Sentencing Act earlier this year because it reduced the indefensible disparity between crack and poweder cocaine sentences. An editorial in the Grand Rapids Press urges Congress to finish the job and eliminate the disparity. The editors wrote:

Punishment for breaking the law should be tough but fair. The new guidelines are a strong step in the right direction — but “fairer” isn’t the same as “fair.” Congress should seek parity.
We agree. Yet we would add that justice and fairness will not fully be realized until the law is made retroactive.