ATLANTA- (WAOK) Prisoners serving time for crack cocaine offenses may get a break in their sentence.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says prisoners who do not have long arrest records and whose crimes did not involve weapons should be let out of prison sooner than expected.
“There is simply no just or logical reason why their punishments should be dramatically more severe than those of other cocaine offenders,” Holder testified to the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
This new law was created to bring justice to the unfair drug sentencing practice giving those caught with crack cocaine a lengthier sentence than those caught with the powdered form of the drug.
Holder suggested the new rule to be retroactively applied to those who have already been sentenced under the old guidelines.
“As a federal prosecutor and as Attorney General — and as a former judge, United States Attorney, and Deputy Attorney General — this issue is deeply personal to me,” Holder said.
The Los Angeles Times reported that more than 12,000 prisoners could be affected, and see as much as three years shaved off their prison terms.