In 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, Bill Clinton did what many politicians find hard to do: admit he made a big mistake.
“I regret more than I can say that we didn’t do more on it,” he said about his administration’s failure to end the disparate sentencing for people convicted of crack and powder cocaine offenses. “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,” the former president said of the devastating impact this sentencing imbalance has had on blacks.
In other news, the world failed to end yesterday, the day the retroactive sentencing guideline changes took effect.
Update: Via Sentencing Law and Policy… Learn more at the Sevententh Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.. at Disney World! (pdf)