December 14, 2007 By Wallin & Klarich

Do you know of a loved one, a neighbor or a friend, currently doing time or recently sentenced to do time in a federal penitentiary (prison)?

If so, then we have some great news for you and them! As many as 19,500 inmates currently doing time in federal prisons around the country could be released early! These inmates could have their time reduced by a minimum of two years. Moreover, nearly 13% or 2,500 of these 19,500 inmates could be released immediately.

This is the result of pressure that has been applied on federal officials for quite some time by various civil rights and advocacy groups, as well as other lobbyists. These groups have argued for years that the federal cocaine laws are unfair. They argue that these laws impose greater penalties on crack cocaine dealers and users than on powder cocaine users and dealers. Further, they argue that this disparity results in an injustice to the poor and more importantly, to the African American community, as 80% of those sentenced on federal crack cocaine charges are African American.

The US Sentencing Commission, commissioned by the US Congress, is currently reviewing this proposal to reduce inmates’ time.

The US Department of Justice is fully against the proposal. It argues that if the proposal is approved, it will result in the return of thousands of serious drug offenders back into our communities. Further, it argues that this will result in a rapid increase in violent crime across the country.

It will definitely be interesting to see if this proposal goes through. Wallin and Klarich will be monitoring this very closely over the next few months. Our Federal crime defense attorneys have already been hired by many inmates and their families to prepare to file a Writ of Habeas Corpus Petition based upon the anticipated law change. Call a criminal defense attorney at Wallin and Klarich today to see how this could potentially impact you, your loved ones, or your friends! Wallin and Klarich has been in the business of helping people with their criminal matters in their time of need for over 30 years and we would like to help you with yours! We are always available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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