Federal Cocaine Sentencing Laws

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs held a hearing on the federal cocaine sentencing laws. Under current federal law… read more

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs held a hearing on the federal cocaine sentencing laws. Under current federal law it takes 100 times more powder cocaine than crack to trigger the five- and ten-year mandatory minimum sentences. Senator Joseph Biden introduced the Drug Sentencing Reform and Cocaine Kingpin Trafficking Act of 2007 (S.1711) legislation to eliminate the sentencing disparity between the crack and powder forms of cocaine. The legislation will refocus federal cocaine laws on major traffickers the bill also eliminates the 5-year mandatory minimum for simple possession of crack, the only drug for which there exists a mandatory minimum for simple possession. Witnesses testified that mandatory minimum sentencing increases overcrowding in jails, disproportionately affects African- Americans, and reduces judicial discretion. close

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204027-1
Category:
Senate Committee
Format:
Senate Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Feb 12, 2008
Last Aired:
Feb 17, 2008

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  • Feb 12, 2008 | 2:33pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 12, 2008 | 11:04pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 13, 2008 | 4:56am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 14, 2008 | 6:05pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 17, 2008 | 2:58am EST | C-SPAN 1
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