Federal Prisons Could Release 1,000 Times More Drug Offenders Than Obama Did

This story was originally published by the Marshall Project.

Robert Shipp was 21 when a federal judge sentenced him to die in prison for selling crack. For five months in the mid-1990s, Shipp had acted as a "night shift supervisor" in a small-scale Chicago distribution ring. Because he was held personally responsible for the amount of crack moved during that period—10.29 grams—his sentence was mandatory: life. Even as US District Judge Marvin Aspen handed down Shipp's sentence, he...

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