(UnitedVoice.com) – When former President Donald Trump signed the First Step Act in December 2018, it contained a provision to lower sentences for low-level drug offenses. Crack cocaine was not one of the narcotics on the list. The Biden administration has now reversed that decision.
On March 15, acting Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar sent a letter to the Supreme Court telling the justices that Biden believes offenders with crack cocaine convictions should benefit from Trump’s criminal justice reform. The case referenced in the letter is from a man named Tarahrick Terry, 33, who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 3.9 grams of crack. He was sentenced to 15.5 years but appealed the sentence.
BREAKING: Biden Administration tells U.S. Supreme Court that low-level crack cocaine offenders should be among the beneficiaries of a federal law that reduced certain prison sentences, reversing the position taken under his predecessor Donald Trump.
— Cory Provost (@coryprovost) March 15, 2021
Biden’s decision is a startling reversal of Trump’s policy. Crack cocaine has ravaged communities, especially African-American communities, across the US over the last 40 years. It’s hard to imagine how lowering drug sentences for crack dealers is going to do anything other than make communities less safe.
The Supreme Court is set to hear the case on April 20.
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