Supreme Court awards more discretion to judges

This ruling seems to be getting a bit of support. The measure is in part a reaction to unequal sentencing for drug offenses. In recent years, crack dealers were given higher sentences than powder cocaine offenders because charges were assigned based on the weight of the substance, but the difference in dollar value between the two is very high. The same weight of crack cocaine and powder cocaine carried similar sentences, but the crack dealers substance had a far lower street value. More often black drug dealers received higher sentences than their wealthier counterparts.
This ruling allegedly gives more discretion to judges in the sentencing process rather than relying upon federally imposed guidelines. While I agree that these inequalities in sentencing practices are a concern worthy of attention I’m unsure if this particular ruling will bear a significant influence upon the current outcomes.
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