SOURCE: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University

December 10, 2007 11:56 ET

Statement by Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Chairman and President, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University and Former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare on New Supreme Court Ruling on Crack, Powder Cocaine Sentences

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 10, 2007) - "I applaud the Supreme Court decision in the Kimbrough case which gives federal judges discretion to set shorter prison terms for crack-cocaine crimes in order to reduce the disparity with crimes involving cocaine powder. I urge federal courts to exercise this discretion and to review prior sentences that they have imposed with the view toward eliminating such disparity. This disparity has been particularly unfair to African-Americans and other minority defendants."

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