Letters to Members of Congress on the Disparity in Federal Cocaine Sentencing (February 2008)

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a bar association with thousands of criminal defense lawyers who practice in the federal courts across our nation, fully supports elimination of the unwarranted disparity in federal cocaine sentences pursuant to “The Drug Sentencing Reform and Cocaine Kingpin Trafficking Act” [H.R. 4545/S. 1711]. Federal sentences for drug offenses are based on the weight of the controlled substance. For two decades, federal sentencing laws have treated possession of one gram of cocaine base as the equivalent of 100 grams of powder cocaine.



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