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Rosenstein: Federal prosecutors did the right thing in crack cases

The U.S. Attorney's Office approves reduced sentences for criminals who deserve them, but with the caveat that some crack cocaine dealers seeking early release from federal prison are violent. The Sun obscures the issue by claiming that federal crack guidelines led to convictions of "hundreds of thousands of petty offenders who were sentenced to long prison terms" ("Crack and the courts," Dec. 1). The truth is that only a few hundred Maryland drug dealers are eligible for sentence reductions. Most are far from petty offenders, and many belong to organizations that foment violence and terrorize law-abiding citizens.

It is unfair to assert that "federal...