Legislation reducing the disparity in cocaine sentencing was left out of a must-pass government funding bill, after the Justice Department took executive action last week to end the disparity that disproportionately affects Black defendants.
The legislation would have been a fallback in case the Justice Department order eliminating the 18-to-1 sentencing ratio that has existed for crack cocaine and powder cocaine offenders is ever reversed.
A bipartisan group of senators, including DemocratsDick DurbinandCory Bookerand RepublicanChuck Grassley, had reached an agreement last week prior to the Justice Department’s announcement to reduce the disparity in federal …
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