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Modification of cocaine quantities triggers First Step Act (access required)

A defendant sentenced in 2009 to 151 months in prison for distributing crack cocaine is eligible for relief under the First Step Act of 2018. When the law changed the quantities of crack cocaine to which 21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(C) applies, it “modified” the statutory penalties of that subsection for crack cocaine offenders within the ...