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Friday, May 27, 2005

Urge Gov. Rell to sign the bill HB6635

Last week, the CT House passed a bill (93-52) that would equalize the sentancing for crack and cociane possession. The bill has also passed the Senate 21-15 and is heading to Gov Rell's desk to sign.

Currently, the sentences for selling 1/2 gram of crack and 28 ounces of cocaine are the same: minimum of five and maximum of twenty. Crack cociane is cheaper than cocaine and more prevalent in cities which leads to a disproportionate number of blacks and Hispanics in state prisons.

The governer has indicated that she needs to take a long hard look at the bill before signing it into law.

The ACLU of Connecticut is urging people to contact Gov Rell and tell her to sign the bill.