H.R.3245 - Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act of 2009

To amend the Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act regarding penalties for cocaine offenses, and for other purposes. view all titles (3)

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  • Official: To amend the Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act regarding penalties for cocaine offenses, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Short: Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act of 2009 as reported to house.

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OpenCongress Summary

This bill seeks to eliminate increased and mandatory minimum penalties for drug offenses involving substances containing cocaine base. The intent is to promote fairness in subsequent sentences by not making crack cocaine more punishable than powder, for example. This is one of many pieces of legislation proposed this congressional session attempting to amend the sentences of crimes related to crack cocaine. These other bills are H.R. 18, H.R.1459, H.R.2178.
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Official Summary

Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act of 2009 - Repeals provisions of the Controlled Substances Act that provide different criminal penalties for the manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing of cocaine and cocaine base (i.e., crack cocaine), including the mandatory minimum five-year prison s

Official Summary

Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act of 2009 - Repeals provisions of the Controlled Substances Act that provide different criminal penalties for the manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing of cocaine and cocaine base (i.e., crack cocaine), including the mandatory minimum five-year prison sentence for simple possessesion of cocaine base. Repeals provisions of the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act that provide different criminal penalties for the importing and exporting of cocaine and cocaine base.

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Organizations Supporting H.R.3245

  • Families Against Mandatory Minimums
  • Oregonians Against Measure 11
  • Drug Policy Alliance Network
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
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