Congress bill to alter drug convictions - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Congress bill to alter drug convictions

(KSLA) -   A bill headed to President Obama's desk changes a quarter-century old law, significantly reducing the sentencing differences between crack and powder cocaine convictions.

It changes a 1986 law that says a person convicted of crack possession should get the same prison term as someone with 100 times the amount in powder cocaine.

One key result was heavier sentencing for blacks with crack cocaine compared to whites who were caught with the powder form of the deadly drug.

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