Sentencing Panel May Cut Crack Cocaine Terms Nearly 20,000 people convicted of drug offenses could find out Tuesday if they'll be spending less time in prison. The U.S. Sentencing Commission may reduce the extra punishment that's given for crimes involving crack, as compared to powdered, cocaine. The Supreme Court ruled that federal judges may give lighter sentences to crack cocaine defendants than has been required.
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Sentencing Panel May Cut Crack Cocaine Terms

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Sentencing Panel May Cut Crack Cocaine Terms

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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Here's NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.

NINA TOTENBERG: Sentencing expert Douglas Berman is a law professor at Ohio State University.

DOUGLAS BERMAN: The bottom line is they told district courts we meant it when we said the guidelines are advisory and you have more authority, district judges, because you know the unique circumstances of the case.

TOTENBERG: Nina Totenberg, NPR News, Washington.

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