US high court eases drug sentences

Ruling could increase pressure for overhaul of crack-cocaine sentencing practices.

    Blacks account for about 80 per cent of federal
    crack cocaine convictions [GALLO/GETTY]

    In a related ruling, the court also supported the right of judges to depart from sentencing guidelines in a case involving distribution of the drug ecstasy.
     
    The decisions come a day before the agency that sets guidelines for federal sentences is to vote on whether to make retroactive a reduction in recommended crack-cocaine penalties.
     
    There is also pressure in the US congress to revise a 1986 law mandating longer sentences for crack, which is considered more addictive than powder cocaine and a source of street violence.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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