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Judge skips guidelines, releases man in crack case

Long prison sentence hurts blacks, she says

Nancy Gertner said that lengthy US prison terms for small drug crimes are depleting a generation of young black men. Nancy Gertner said that lengthy US prison terms for small drug crimes are depleting a generation of young black men. (2004 GLOBE FILE PHOTO)
By Jonathan Saltzman
Globe Staff / November 21, 2007

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A federal judge has freed a Boston man who pleaded guilty to selling small amounts of crack cocaine, saying that he dealt the drugs out of desperation and that long prison sentences for such crimes often do more harm to black communities than good. (Full article: 952 words)

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