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Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word: The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, Crack, and Methamphetamine

35 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2011 Last revised: 7 Mar 2011

Kyle Graham

Santa Clara University School of Law

Date Written: February 7, 2011

Abstract

This Essay considers the circumstances that led to the enactment of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which increased the quantities of crack cocaine necessary to implicate mandatory minimum prison sentences for federal drug trafficking crimes, and considers whether the Act might facilitate re-evaluation of the penalty scheme applicable to methamphetamine.

Keywords: cocaine, methamphetamine, sentencing, drug, drugs, crime, drug laws, crack

Suggested Citation

Graham, Kyle, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word: The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, Crack, and Methamphetamine (February 7, 2011). University of Richmond Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1756552

Kyle Graham (Contact Author)

Santa Clara University School of Law ( email )

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States

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