Time is running out to change cocaine-crack law
Today is the last day of the 2005 legislative regular session and time is running to change the cocaine crack possession law.
From The Connecticut Post
Currently, if a person has 1/2 gram crack (about the size of a raisin) or 28 grams of cocaine in their possession, that individual would receive a mandatory 5 year prison sentance. The Gov vetoed a change in the law that would of raised the possession requirement for crack from 1/2 gram to 28 grams but offered to sign the bill if the amount of cocaine and crack was equalized at 14 grams.
Rell's vetoes include a controversial bill aimed at reducing the racial disparity in state prisons by equalizing the amount of crack or powder cocaine a suspect could possess before facing a mandatory five-year penalty for dealing.
Rell offered lawmakers a compromise setting half an ounce of either type of cocaine as the tripwire for the harsher dealing charge. A deal could be finalized during the race to the finish late tonight.
Will keep you posted on what develops at the Capital tonight.