Today, in testimony before the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Attorney General Eric Holder took it one step further.
Saying that the Fair Sentencing Act that narrowed the disparity between penalties for crack and power cocaine offenses has been "a historic step forward," Attorney Gen. Eric Holder pushed today for retroactively applying the lighter crack penalties to some offenders now serving time.
"We have more to do," Holder said in a statement prepared for a hearing held this morning by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. "Although the Fair Sentencing Act is being successfully implemented nationwide, achieving its central goals of promoting public safety and public trust — and ensuring a fair and effective criminal justice system – requires the retroactive application of its guideline amendment."
Of course conservatives don't like this idea one bit.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R., Texas.), who opposed the bill before it became law in 2010, said commissioners would be overstepping their role if they approve retroactivity.
"Nothing in the act nor in the congressional record implies that Congress ever intended that the new crack-cocaine guidelines should be applied retroactively," he said in a written statement. Mr. Smith said the administration's position "sends a dangerous message to criminals and would-be drug offenders that Congress doesn't take drug crimes seriously."
And some liberals are so busy criticizing Obama for not doing enough to deal with these issues that they seem to have missed the progress that is actually being made.
Seeing all of that makes me want to respond with a statement to President Obama and AG Holder...Way to go! I've got your back.