Make the New Crack Cocaine Guideline Retroactive
  • Petitioned Commissioners, U.S. Sentencing Commission

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Commissioners, U.S. Sentencing Commission

Make the New Crack Cocaine Guideline Retroactive

    1. Petition by

      Families Against Mandatory Minimums

June 2011


The United States Sentencing Commission voted today to apply the Fair Sentencing Act guidelines retroactively to those currently serving sentences for crack cocaine charges.

Under the Fair Sentencing Act passed last year, the crack and powder cocaine sentencing disparity, which falls disproportionately on African-Americans, was lowered from 100:1 to 18:1. However, those currently incarcerated for crack cocaine were unaffected and continue to serve their sentences under the previous sentencing guidelines.

Now that the new Fair Sentencing Act guidelines can be applied retroactively, federal judges across the country will determine whether crack cocaine offenders are eligible for a reduction in their sentence.

On April 30, the Sentencing Commission published what it calls an Issue for Comment on whether and how to make the crack guideline reduction apply so that people serving sentences for crack cocaine might benefit with the shorter sentence.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) needs your help to make sure the Commission hears loud and clear that the guideline reductions must be made retroactive!


We know that your voices can make a difference. Five years ago, when the Commission last considered voting to make a change to the crack guideline retroactive, FAMM members unleashed an avalanche of letters and other expressions of support that helped win the day. We can do it again.

The Commission counts signatures on a petition the same as the letters it receives. Please sign this petition today.

If you have already written  the Commission about retroactivity in the past few months, you do not need to write again. They have your letter. Please share this petition with at least ten friends, family and members of your community. Thank you for helping in any way you can.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 5 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Laraine Moore CANDLER, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      I'm watching the Governement and since so many in power "say" they are for this....let them put their money where there mouth is. Please !

      • over 3 years ago

      Thank You. Please keepme posted. I have a sone in Federal PRison

    • sharokina yonan MODESTO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      I personally am in contact with a someone serving out a sentence issued do to mandatory minimums. On our almost daily phone calls I have to hear that someone new admitted to his facility is serving a much lesser sentence for the same offense. The tension this unjustice causes is unacceptable. Retroactivity of the crack law is one of the only ways to correct this current miscarriage of justice.

    • celeste brown TAMPA, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      make the crack law retro act 4 thoes who alrdy have serverd enough time on crack sentences... like 10yrs or better!

    • edward trejo WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 3 years ago

      justice for all!


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