Calif. Senate Passes Bill To Punish Forms Of Cocaine Equally

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate has passed a bill that punishes users of crack and powder cocaine equally in an attempt to reduce racial bias in prison sentences.

On Wednesday, it approved SB1010 by Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles on a 21-12 vote.

The current punishment for possession or sale of powder cocaine is two to four years, while the same offense for crack cocaine is punishable by three to five years. The bill would make both punishable by two to four years.

While whites tend to use powder cocaine and blacks and Latinos tend to use crack, Mitchell says they are “two forms of the same drug.”

President Barack Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010 to cut penalties for crack cocaine offenses to reduce the disparity.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Los Angeles

KNX 1070 Newsradio

Listen Live