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Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: ending harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine
Source: Drug Sentencing Reform & Kingpin Trafficking Act (S.1711)
A bill to target cocaine kingpins and address sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine.
Sponsor's introductory remarks: Sen. Biden: My bill will eliminate the current 100-to-1 disparity [between sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine] by increasing the 5-year mandatory minimum threshold quantity for crack cocaine to 500 grams, from 5 grams, and the 10-year threshold quantity to 5,000 grams, from 50 grams, while maintaining the current statutory mandatory minimum threshold quantities for powder cocaine. It will also eliminate the current 5-year mandatory minimum penalty for simple possession of crack cocaine, the only mandatory minimum sentence for simple possession of a drug by a first time offender.
Drug use is a serious problem, and I have long supported strong antidrug legislation. But in addition to being tough, our drug laws should be rational and fair. My bill achieves the right balance. We have talked about the need to address this cocaine sentencing disparity for long enough. It is time to act.
Increases the amount of a controlled substance or mixture containing a cocaine base (i.e., crack cocaine) required for the imposition of mandatory minimum prison terms for crack cocaine trafficking to eliminate the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine.Related bills: H.R.79, H.R.460, H.R.4545, S.1383, S.1685.
- Eliminates the five-year mandatory minimum prison term for first-time possession of crack cocaine.
- Increases monetary penalties for drug trafficking and for the importation and exportation of controlled substances.
Participating counts on VoteMatch question 19.
Question 19: Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
- Topic: Drugs
- Headline: End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine
- Headline 2: End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine
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participating in 07-S1711
||s2o||Connecticut Republican (Unseated 2008)|
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