Clinton, Obama, Edwards Differ On Retroactivity

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The term applies to the application of balance to crack and powder cocaine sentences, retroactively.

Clinton opposes this, and Edwards and Obama support it.

(Proponents of retroactivity believe that those convicted of dealing crack cocaine should see their sentences retroactively reduced in the wake of new U.S. sentencing commission guidelines. There's generally a huge disparity in sentencing between those convicted of power cocaine offenses and those convicted of crack cocaine offenses).

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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