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Obama Signs Reagan Version of Crack Sentencing

Today, President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. This act raises the amount of crack cocaine needed for various sentencing levels, reducing the crack/powder ratio to about 18.  In 1986, the Reagan Administration proposed a ratio of 20. In Congress, then-Senator Biden and others boosted the ratio to 100.  See 153 Cong. Rec. S8614, col. 2 (daily ed. June 27, 2007) (statement of Senator Biden). So, as of today, we are essentially back to the Reagan Administration proposal.

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