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A bill voted on yesterday about crack cocaine 20 1

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A bill voted on yesterday about crack cocaine 20:1 RATIO and where can I go online to find it and read it for myself?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  P. Simmons replied 8 years ago.
Thanks for the chance to help

Was this at the state or federal level?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Philip Simmons's Post: federal
Expert:  P. Simmons replied 8 years ago.
Thanks

Well, it was not yesterday:

http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/legislative/a_three_sections_with_teasers/votes.htm

This page will let you see all the bills introduced recently. There were 189 yesterday and no mention of cocaine

Where did you here it this from?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Philip Simmons's Post: Brother in fed prison told me to find out if it was true that a 20:1 bill was passed
Expert:  P. Simmons replied 8 years ago.
The answer is no...no bill has been passed in last 3 days...

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Drug Sentencing Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1383), introduced by Senator Sessions (R-AL)

This bill would reduce the disparity between crack and powder cocaine sentences to 20:1. It would take 20 and 200 grams of crack to trigger 5 and 10 year mandatory minimum sentences, respectively. The legislation would also decrease the amount of powder cocaine necessary to trigger a mandatory minimum sentence to 400 grams for a 5 year sentence, and 4000 grams for a 10 year sentence.
The bill would also reduce the current mandatory minimum for simple possession of crack cocaine from 5 years to 1 year.
Analysis of the legislation:
The positive aspect of this act is that it reduces the existing disparity of crack and cocaine sentences to 20:1. However, this is still a disparity between the amount of crack and powder cocaine that trigger the same mandatory minimum sentence, which will likely lead to more racial injustices. The amount of crack that would trigger a mandatory minimum sentence would still be so low that law enforcement would continue to waste federal resources on low-level drug law offenders instead of targeting major traffickers and crime syndicates.
This act would also decrease the amount of powder cocaine necessary to elicit a mandatory minimum. As Hispanics are disproportionately convicted of powder cocaine sentences, if this bill were passed, the probable result would be increases in the number of low-level, non-violent powder Hispanic offenders sentenced to prison or jail for longer periods of time.

Its still in session:

Last Action:
Feb 12, 2008: Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs. This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process where the bill is considered in committee and may undergo significant changes in markup sessions. The bill has been referred to the following committees:
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