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Panel Makes Reduced Drug Sentencing Retroactive

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Panel Makes Reduced Drug Sentencing Retroactive

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Panel Makes Reduced Drug Sentencing Retroactive

Panel Makes Reduced Drug Sentencing Retroactive

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The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to make retroactive its November decision to reduce the sentences of people convicted of crack cocaine offenses. The commission estimates that 2,500 inmates may win reduced sentences over the next year.

Mary Price, general counsel for Families Against Mandatory Minimums, a group that works to reform sentencing laws for nonviolent crimes such as drug possession, says the process for reducing a sentence shouldn't require a lawyer.

Price talks with Michele Norris.

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