Former President Bill Clinton said he regrets not bringing an end to the disparity in sentencing between offenses for crack and power cocaine during his administration.
“I regret more than I can say that we didn’t do more on it,” he said last week during a keynote address last week at a University of Pennsylvania symposium commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Kerner Commission report on the causes of racial disturbances in the 1960s, according to a USA Today report. “I’m prepared to spend a significant portion of whatever life I’ve got left on the earth trying to fix this because I think it’s a cancer,” he said, referring to the disparate impact the sentencing imbalance has had on blacks.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission reduced, but did not eliminate, the difference in the mandatory sentencing guidelines for crack and power cocaine offenses, and the revised guidelines went into effect retroactively on Monday.