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URGENT: Letters Needed at the Sentencing Commission by March 7th

URGENT: Letters Needed at the Sentencing Commission by March 7th Please write to the US Sentencing Commission in support of the following three proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines:

#37: Marijuana -- changes the plant-weight ratio to 1 plant = 100 grams. (Currently 1 plant is considered 100 grams for 49 plants or fewer, but becomes 1 kilo [1000 grams] for 50 plants or more, with the effect that defendants convicted for 50 plants get prison terms about 3 times as long as for 49 plants..)

#38: Crack Cocaine -- reduces the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. Currently 1 gram of crack is considered equivalent to 100 grams of powder cocaine. (Crack offenders are typically black, while powder offenders are typically white.) Please tell the commission you think the ratio should be 1:1 at the current level of powder cocaine.

#42, Sec. 7: "Sting" Cases -- Tightens up the criterion for what quantity of drugs in a transaction may be used in a sentencing determination. Currently people are being sentenced for "conspiracy" on the basis of quantities of drugs discussed but never purchased, present, or even agreed on by the defendant.

Letters must be received by March 7th to be considered in the Sentencing Commission's deliberations.

Send to:

U.S. Sentencing Commission, One Columbus Circle NE
South Lobby, 2-500
Washington, DC 20002-8002

Please include the amendment numbers about which you are writing on the front of your envelope.

For more information on mandatory minimums and the federal sentencing

guidelines contact:

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 457-5790, 457-8564 (fax)

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