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20 April 2011 Contact: Sam Riddle 313 279 3135
Nationally Acclaimed Convict Author - "Make Fair Sentencing Retroactive"
(4-20-11 Butner, NC) - Nationally acclaimed convict author, Cedric Dean, who has published 6 books while serving Life Without Parole in federal prison says that the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (FSA) must be made retroactive if America is to continue leading the fight for democracy worldwide.
"African Americans were subjected to racially discriminatory sentencing that resulted in sentencing disparities including Life without Parole for low-level crack offenses while mostly white powder cocaine offenders received sentences of less than 10 years on average for the same offense. That was wrong. That was not the America that is a beacon of hope world-wide," said Dean.
"The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 was enacted to correct the unfairness in federal sentencing. Yet the very people that have been discriminated against are excluded from the FSA. The only way to correct this injustice is to make the FSA retroactive to include all those that were unfairly sentenced during the past 25 years," says Dean.
The passion that runs through Dean's writing rings through his assessment of what is at risk for the nation.
"America cannot afford to perpetuate injustice and fundamental unfairness during these times when our finest are giving their lives in the name of democracy on the battlefields of Iraq and on the mountain sides of Afghanistan," stated Dean noting that unfair mass incarcerations are costing the nation billions of dollars for imprisonment.
Dean's Life Sentence without Parole has been reduced to 35 years as a result of Dean's exemplary work in reducing prison violence, educating fellow inmates seeking GEDs and publishing accomplishments.
On 1 June 2011, The United States Sentencing Commission will hold a hearing to address promulgating rules that would make the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 retroactive.