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Reduced crack sentences to free many

2010 law change means release for thousands

The disparity in sentences for crack versus powder cocaine had long been criticized as racially discriminatory. The disparity in sentences for crack versus powder cocaine had long been criticized as racially discriminatory. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)
By Jessica Gresko
Associated Press / November 2, 2011

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Darryl Flood thought he would have to wait until 2013 to get out of prison, more than a decade after he pleaded guilty to being part of a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. But if all goes as planned this week, the 48-year-old will walk out of a Kentucky prison two years early, one of thousands of federal inmates to benefit from a change that went into effect yesterday reducing recommended sentences for crack cocaine crimes so they are in line with those for powder cocaine.

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