Pubdate: Wed, 11 May 2011 Source: Rockford Register Star (IL) Copyright: 2011 GateHouse Media, Inc. Contact: http://www.rrstar.com/contact Website: http://www.rrstar.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/370 Author: Tabitha Robinson DRUG LAWS TOO HARSH What I most oppose about the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 is that it does not eliminate the racial disparity between crack and powder cocaine. Nor has it been given retroactive effect. My opposition doesn't come by way of condoning the sales of illegal drugs, but speaks to the fundamental fairness in sentencing and punishments. I believe a life sentence without parole for any first-time, non-violent drug offender is too harsh to the extreme. Do the math: 28 grams of cocaine base (crack) equals 500 grams of powder cocaine. Both amounts bring a five-year mandatory sentence. Where is the fairness in that? Tabitha Robinson Rockford - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.