Federal Cocaine Sentencing Laws

Witnesses testified about federal mandatory minimum laws for crack cocaine. Under current federal law it takes 100 times more powder… read more

Witnesses testified about federal mandatory minimum laws for crack cocaine. Under current federal law it takes 100 times more powder cocaine than crack to trigger the five- and ten-year mandatory minimum sentences and crack is the only drug for which there exists a mandatory minimum for simple possession. Witnesses testified about the race bias in the law, the cost to society from longer jail sentences, and the law’s unpopularity with judges. Representatives Rangel, Lee, and Bartlett were the first witnesses. close

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Federal Cocaine Sentencing Laws

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Program ID:
204184-1
Category:
House Committee
Format:
House Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Feb 26, 2008
Last Aired:
Mar 3, 2008

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  • Feb 26, 2008 | 2:01pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 26, 2008 | 3:44pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 29, 2008 | 7:57am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 29, 2008 | 6:13pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Mar 03, 2008 | 11:10am EST | C-SPAN 2
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