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Crack convicts seek shorter sentences

Crack convicts seek shorter sentences

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DALLAS -- Federal inmates serving time in Texas for crack cocaine offenses are seeking reduced terms under new guidelines that took effect this month.

Since last week, more than 250 inmates in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have filed requests for shorter sentences, according to federal probation officials.

The officials didn't know how many inmates had been released, but about 80 have been freed in the Eastern District of Texas.

Around the country, about 800 inmates have been released out of the estimated 20,000 convicted of crack cocaine offenses and eligible for lighter prison terms under the new federal guidelines.

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