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H.R. 3245 would amend the Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act regarding penalties for cocaine offenses.

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curious

July 25, 2009, 4:25pm (report abuse)

will this bill be retroactive?

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July 28, 2009, 1:00am (report abuse)

This bill won't be anything.

leelee

(logged-in user) July 28, 2009, 1:05am (report abuse)

This bill would be one of the best things that could happen for many people and families especially if it's retroactive

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July 28, 2009, 12:42pm (report abuse)

This bill will not pass. Sorry for all you cokeheads but you will just have to serve your time.

TIME FOR A CHANGE!

July 30, 2009, 4:29pm (report abuse)

This bill will indeed pass! This unjustice has been going on for far too long! It's time congress did something about it! P.S. It's sad that there is still so much ignorance in the world! FAMM!!

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July 31, 2009, 11:56am (report abuse)

Whhooooeeee! What fantasy world do you live in? There isn't a snoball's chance in hades this will ever get anywhere. No one that matters cares about it.

leelee

(logged-in user) July 31, 2009, 11:35pm (report abuse)

It's a sad thing that your heart is hard against the families and others that have been affected by the unjust application of mandatory minimums. Those of you who have posted negative commits have obviously not had a family member or friend that suffer from this. It's not about living in a fantasy world or being a cokehead I will not be identified by such. It's about fairness in the application of the law! No one has asked for a free ride or denided wrong doing. the crime in this case does not fit the punishment. do your home work before sending out such statements!

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August 1, 2009, 5:14pm (report abuse)

Bull fritters! It is all about breaking the law, getting caught, and then not wanting to pay for the crime. Leniency is what got us into the problems we have in this society. Tighten up the laws and make it much harder on those who get caught breaking the law. Perhaps a good dose of Indonesian law would clean up some of this mess.

ARI

August 3, 2009, 4:50am (report abuse)

There wasn't a snowballs chance in Hades that a black man would be President either. Or that slavery would end, or that blacks would be able to vote or sit on the front of the bus, or look a white woman in the eye without getting killed, or marry a white woman, or black kids and white kids going to school together.. hello Mr non-educated hater. Racism exists in the judicial court system whether you've ever been subject to it or not. It's all good though, your just the guy that votes republican right and who's mother didn't suckle you.. Noone that matters cares about it except folks in the Government, Judges, Lawyers, Doctors, Bankers, Truck Drivers etc etc. It was racially motivated is why any AMERICAN should be concerned with it. When one race / gender is singled out we all lose when it comes to sentances... You'll find out one day I promise... White men with the same amout got 5 yrs, Black men got 40.. Oh yes look it up. Its about being fair, yes do your time but an equal amt of time

Carmen

August 4, 2009, 1:00am (report abuse)

Amen to that!!!! It is long overdue. We are not disputing the fact that people should pay for their crimes, but it should be equal. My husband is serving a 33 prison term, where the white man with the same amount of drugs is serving 5 years. Where is the justice in that. Like Obama said it is time for a change!!!!

Jazz

(logged-in user) August 5, 2009, 3:15am (report abuse)

People who don't understand this bill shouldn't comment. Its not about being a crack or coke head, or being a dealer it's about what's right. If you do the crime you should serve the correct time, not time based on what form of the same drug you were caught with. 5yrs and 10yrs is a huge difference. Thank God for Obama who actually understands the unjust of this law because Bush sure didn't, he didn't do any good service for our country. What a mess he left behind. Maybe now we can direct more funds to important situations like education and jobs which can give the people that are getting out of prison a chance to function as honest citizens. Low level offenses are taking up too much of our tax dollars and resources. Time should be allocated to more serious crimes.

MAXINE TARVER

August 5, 2009, 6:01pm (report abuse)

please retroactive this bill, so it will help some of the inmates that have been unfairly sentence under the old bill.

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August 7, 2009, 2:24pm (report abuse)

Same old whine - play the race card and everything is instantly ok. Horse crap. The whole cry is about being caught and then not wanting to pay the bill. Send them to jail.

Elmo

August 9, 2009, 4:30am (report abuse)

Wow! I can't believe some people. So much hatred. So little compassion. They call America "The Melting Pot", but some poeple's heart wouldn't melt if they were in a forest fire.

Ryn

August 9, 2009, 8:28am (report abuse)

If Congress had taken the U.S. Sentencing Commission's recommendation to adjust the disparity back in 1995 we would most likely not be the country with the leading prison population like we are now. Since '95 the Commission has recommended addressing the 100 to 1 difference four times but so far any changes have yet to happen.

leelee

(logged-in user) August 9, 2009, 1:25pm (report abuse)

I know someone who went to jail under mandatory minimums, in it's new applications and that was about 17 years ago. This person is serving consecutive life sentencing related to the 100 to 1 difference of powder. For the sake of sentencing, the prosecution considered the amount of powder found to be crack because they said there was the intent to cook the powder into crack. If that's not bad enough this person was sentenced on hear say. Not caught with cram of cocaine powder or otherwise. Please understand me, regardless of any other facts, how can anyone one can go to prison (still in prison) on conspiracy. He was arrested at home in front of his family and friends and have been gone every since. After 17 years how is it that he deserve to still be in prison? Of, course he's black and have no chance of parole Option for parole is turned down before he reaches the panel. This is a good example of the wrong that happens in the application of the law. It's just wrong!

lynn

August 13, 2009, 9:13pm (report abuse)

I pray that people one day understand what the word punishment actually means. When you honestly request forgiveness, do the time man requires and trully want to start over..you should be allowed. Life is hard for everyone and when your honest with yourself and some of the bad choices you've made through the years you could've been in jail. Maybe when you got so mad at your friend(s), the driver on the road, the time you had one to many drinks, the time you hit that person, when you took that pen from work...Don't be so judgemental against people because nobody is perfect take a few minutes and think about yesterday. If the law is wrong it should be changed.

ffigueroa04

August 20, 2009, 2:11pm (report abuse)

I agree please make this bill retroactive, my fiance is serving a mandatory mnimum sentence and its outrageous. Why should this bill only apply to the future prisoners? It should apply to the prisoners who have been incarcerated for years already.

littleone

August 27, 2009, 10:49pm (report abuse)

Its is very sad to see that our justice system doesn't work. Yes everyone should pay for the crime they have done, but be real about it. The min sentences are crazy. You can get charge with 2nd degree murder and get less time then a person traffing. Their are also rapist that get less time Maybe they should really think a little harder about who really needs to be put alway. They will never in my life time stop drug traffing it is a revoling circle that will never stop. So maybe they should look more at the user and get them help so that they would stop buying, put the drug dealers out of business. Will that ever be possilbe ???? Who knows...I agree people shouldn't say bad things cause someday it will hit them in the butt.....It is sad that some people can be very heart less about other people. I hope they never have to go through what these families have. For sure they will be eating their words.....

lily

September 2, 2009, 1:49pm (report abuse)

I think if people would stand up, and rise to what they know is right, and fight against what they know is damn near immoral and unethical, and racist, we can change (not beat) the system. It may not be today or 2maro, but one day, all the people in our pasts faught for 2maro today... our grandparents and great grandparents, anscestors thats why we are free, thats why women can vote, thats why everyone goes to school together, because someone decided they had had enough, and said NO MORE... I do not want my child growing up in this Chaos!!! And I can't imagine anyone of good will and mind, could look at our government in this particular aspect and say that they feel safe. Look at american violet, it can happen to anyone, even you and your children, enless we change it!!!! My prayers go out to all of you whoi have lost someone to the injustice of our government, stay strong, for them, you are all they have.

Toya

September 5, 2009, 3:00am (report abuse)

To the one who chooses to remain anonymous and can be identified by ---- maybe it is you that does not matter. No, I apologize you do matter you are entitled to your own opinion but how you feel speaks for one person, yourself. It is people like you that I pray for and you can not know God because if you did your heart would not be so cold. I hope that you make it through everything your going through and may God have mercy on you. The bill will pass and then I guess you can find something else to be vain about when it does. You should feel ashamed at the way you represent yourself and what you believe in and your culture. Your bitterness is just that, YOURS! But without people like you how could we ever know the difference between right and wrong? You being wrong rejoices me, and I'm so glad that people who think like you are out numbered by good people with humble spirits. You give me one more thing to praise and talk to the Lord about-thanks! This bill is justice and it will prevail

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September 5, 2009, 1:38pm (report abuse)

For all of you who say our system does not work - WRONG! It works quite well. After all it is putting these drug dealers in jail where they belong.

leelee

(logged-in user) September 5, 2009, 4:09pm (report abuse)

The justice system is full of flaws just like everything else. Nothing is perfect and that's why from time to time the system needs reevaluation to make improvements and correct the wrongs. We need the justice system, law and order serves us all. But there are many that have and still suffers from the impact of our laws and ways of thinking. They do not deserve to spend thier life paying for it. Everybody makes mistakes some get slaps on the hand and some pay a bigger price. Who you are should not be the deciding factor on how much you pay. If you see and experience something that is not for the good of the people than it's time to change it. There are not many people who will earnestly say that this mandatory minimum law is working. The going oppinion is that it does not do what it was intended to do. However is does do a great job at warehousing.

FED-UP

September 8, 2009, 2:31pm (report abuse)

I feel your pain and maybe more so. I believe all amendments to sentencing should be retroactive. All sentencing laws need a big overhaul especially the Mandatory Minimums for Drug Offenses. I think alot of people are being warehoused at the expense of tax payers and that the life sentences in this country are handed out like candy on Halloween. I feel your pain and maybe more so since my fiance' is serving a life sentence without parole on drug charges. Although he's not black, but white, I think we all are one race when it comes to the injust sentences handed down under the mandatory minimums. I think the 3 strikes laws under Mandatory Minimums, although maybe affects more blacks than whites, there are a small number of white families out here that are affected by this as well. United together we can change things for the better. Julie Stuart of FAMM (families against mandatory minimums) is doing a wonderful job and God Bless Her. Also a Salute! to Sentator Sheila Jackson.

YEA

September 10, 2009, 5:02pm (report abuse)

JUS CUZ SOMEONE IS LOCJED UP FOR DRUGS DONT MEAN THAT THEY ARE A COKE HEAD...AN FOR THAT FACT..IT ALSO DOESNT MEAN THAT THEY WERE SELLING DRUGS AT THE TIME THEY WERE CAUGHT. AN YES THERE IS TOO MUCH IGNORANCE FOR SOME PEOPLE TO REALIZE HOW THE SYSTEM IS. ffigueroa04 IF HE HAS SERVED TIME I DO BELIEVE THAT IT WILL EFFECT HIM BECAUSE THATS WHY ME AND MY BOYFRIEND ARE WANTING IT TO PASS SO BADLY. AN THIS MATTERS TO PEOPLE WHO MATTER. IF SOMEONE DOESNT CARE THEN WHY WASTE THERE TIME HERE!

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September 10, 2009, 11:18pm (report abuse)

Warehousing is just fine. Keep them locked and out of the neighborhood. We already have enough crackheads and dope dealers. As far as I am concerned the sentence should be life without parole. Period.

Shirley

September 11, 2009, 11:08pm (report abuse)

If you do the crime, you pay the time. Don't whine.

leelee

(logged-in user) September 13, 2009, 9:39pm (report abuse)

These one and two liner negative comments are a waste of reader minds. Your comments was for rasing excitement only. You are not serious. It's just your way of spreading your hate. Other people misery somehow makes you happy. Get a life, I haven't read where no one wrote that anyone should get away with crime. You obviously don't understand what Mandatory Minimums are all about. The punishment does not fit the crime. I have a hard time believing that if it was you or someone you knew, your comments would be so derogatory. Do your home work before putting your neck out there to be chopped.

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September 14, 2009, 4:09am (report abuse)

I am as serious as a heart attack. I believe that life without parole is a fair sentence for anyone involved with drugs. Period. The use and abuse of drugs is the biggest reason why this country has so many social problems today.

I am not happy about the misery these people have caused in my community by spreading and using drugs and as far as I am concerned they deserve every day they get in jail, and more. The biggest problem with the justice system today is the mealy-mouthed way leberals have corrupted the idea of justice and punishment for crimes. You would have the rest of us believe that it isn't the criminal's fault. That is pure bovine excrement. As was said above - "do the crime - pay the time."

Don't ever presume to tell me whether I am serious or not.

Tosha

September 14, 2009, 6:00pm (report abuse)

I really hope that the bill get passed!! It is so sad at all of the time that they are getting for cocaine. Its just dont make any sense. Im praying that they pass it!!

Michelle Richardson

September 15, 2009, 8:19pm (report abuse)

Call your House Rep to get this bill H.R. 3245 passed. The passing of this bill will change the ratio making crack and powder cocaine equal. This injustice has gone on for too long over 20 years. Let us take a stand!

waitin4him

September 15, 2009, 8:46pm (report abuse)

I believe this bill will pass and praying that it will pass and be retroactive. If not, Congress should lower the percentage of time that a federal prisoner must serve. Rapists, murders, robbers,etc. serving time in state prison only serve 50% of their time and sometimes even less (for good behavior), why should that be any different from federal prison? This law should be retroactive because the very people that are in prison now are the ones that inspired the bill. Why should it only refer to people who have not been convicted yet? My husband is serving 20 years on a conspiracy charge just because "an informant" that was already in jail picked him out on a picture and stated that he knew he was selling drugs with 16 other defendants. No drugs were ever recovered and the judge sentenced him to a mandatory minimum.

CDB

September 15, 2009, 11:46pm (report abuse)

You try to hide it with "no drugs were ever recovered" but he WAS guilty. So he deserved the sentence. Drug dealers should be locked up for life without any possibility of parole.

yea

September 16, 2009, 2:19pm (report abuse)

TO ALL THE LADIES WAITING ON YOUR MAN I FEEL YOUR PAIN. ALL THESE INCONSIDERATE PEOPLE WHO ONLY DOWN OTHERS TO MAKE THERE SELF FEEL GOOD DONT MATTTER TO US. THEY CLEARLY CARE BECAUSE IF THEY DIDNT THEY WOULD STAY OFF THIS PAGE. THEY MUST BE WORRIED IT'S GOING TO PASS AND THERE LITTLE BLACK HEARTS WILL BE BROKEN SINCE WE WILL BE HAPPY AGAIN.

jaa1169

September 18, 2009, 2:03am (report abuse)

The problem with crack sentencing is that "current federal law states that anyone caught with or suspected of having one ounce of crack cocaine will be senteces as though they had one hundred ounces of powder cocaine. this bill hr 3245 will change this ration making crack and powder cocaine equal. 86 % of people locked up for crack cocaine are african americans and this injustice has been going on for over 20 yrs. "

Please write your congressman and senators, and ask them to pass this bill and ask for retroactivity.

BTW, i am not waiting on a man, i am waiting on my son to get out. No drug or violent crimes. People, have a conscience, it is not fair for murderers to get out, on state crimes, in just a few years,, yet others, (federal criminals) spend 85% of time served. This country needs to wake up, the justice system is f'd up.

InmateWyfee

September 19, 2009, 11:44pm (report abuse)

You know I guess cuz above talkin bout a "Snow chance" hasn't had anybody close to him locked up under this sentencing guideline. Well I hate to "BRING DA SNOW".....BUT from what I have been told by a lawyer friend, THIS BILL WILL PASS late Oct. or Nov. of this year. IT will GO IN EFFECT 2010 JAN. However, it will not retro until late 2010....when it does retro..each federal inmate is assigned an attorney to represent them, the inmate will have to apply to have their case heard to see if they qualify for the retro part to have their sentence reduced..... SO how deep will da snow be where you live?

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September 22, 2009, 4:55am (report abuse)

And I'll bet this same "lawyer friend" has represented a number of those poor innocent drug dealers. I'm certainly not concerned about snow around here. We support life sentences for druggies of any kind.

Tah-Tah

September 23, 2009, 10:56pm (report abuse)

This bill is the anwser to many many prayers. This bill will pass because Jehovah is a God of justice and he will see to it that this bill passes. It would be very unjust if it does go retroactive so surely Jehovah see to it that it does. Everyone make a matter of prayer.

Tah-Tah

September 23, 2009, 11:02pm (report abuse)

I made a mistake i meant It would be unjust and unfair if it Doesn't go retroactive

Anyways

September 28, 2009, 1:29am (report abuse)

I say Congress needs to pass the bill, I am tired of hearing about murderes, rapists, and other State Inmates receiving little or no time, while Federal Inmates receive "harsh sentences" for a crime that will never go away....its unfair...prison does not cure the crime that goes out here in the streets,if it did, then the crime rate would be down...

rydinwithmybabydaddy

September 28, 2009, 9:27pm (report abuse)

to mr ... get a life and you should be concerned about the snow in your neighborhood and screw what you support because fortunatly the bill is gonna pass because the system is unjust and unequal so to bad your black little heart will be crushed and i still will pray for you cause you definetly need it

Carmen

September 29, 2009, 3:25am (report abuse)

Hey Inmatewfy..can you tell me more about what your lawyer friend told you. I have been checking the status of the bill and it has not yet been voted on..Thanks! And to --- God Bless you and Have mercy on you, because you need it!

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September 30, 2009, 6:01pm (report abuse)

You should be praying for your prison friends. There is no chance for this bill and they are all going to be spending a lot more time in jail.

And keep your prayers for yourself. I don't need them.

Whatever

October 1, 2009, 1:15pm (report abuse)

It is not the Judicial/Justice System's fault that Congress passed disparate mandatory minimums. The Courts just apply the law on the books. Instead of blaming the judges and courts, maybe you should call your representatives and senators.

rondaevu

October 2, 2009, 2:32am (report abuse)

this bill will definetly pass... it's time and abt overdue. jus think if you have lost a love one to a crime and they didn't get the time they deserve, now that's messed up! people are getting raped by the system spending majority of there life in prison for a lit bit of nothing.

leelee

(logged-in user) October 3, 2009, 5:18am (report abuse)

Hey Sept 14 @ 12:09, you make me laugh. weather you are serious or not. I get it. you are one of those people that would push the buttom to see people cringed in pain, The more pain the more you push. I don't have to take you seriously because when I compare what you say with other comments I'm unable to view it seriously. Why don't you save or contribute to your own community. Lend a helping hand, pick up trash, let the neighbor get a little sugar, give testimony, I don't care, do something for someone else. It won't be until then, you get it. We won't be able to correct every worng but to take a stand is the right thing to do. The Justice system is flawed in many ways, it's the truth. Do something except wish the worst on other people. This country have many social problems and drugs are just one of them.

Blessed

October 6, 2009, 1:51am (report abuse)

Wow! I am truly amazed at some of the ignorant remarks. I am sorry, but I was raised in the church; therefore, I have love and compassion for everyone. The bible says judge not less ye be judged. To everyone who has a loved one incarcerated, my prayers go out to you. Just hang on because this law along with some others will be passing very soon. For the stupid person that sais thus law will not pass, you need to do your homework becuase it is well on its way. In case you didn't know it already passed through the House. There is no reason why there should be a 100:1 disparity with the same drug. A lot of well educated blacks & whites have provided proof that crack cocaine is not stronger or more addictive then the other. As a matter of fact crack cocaine is cooked, and I believe baking soda/powder is added to it; so how can it be as strong as pure cocaine. I guess a lot of the dump people that responded were not smart enough to figure that out on their own.

K.Foster

October 6, 2009, 1:45pm (report abuse)

-Blessed...WHERE DID U GET THAT INFORMATION ABOUT IT PASSING THA HOUSE..I CANT FIND ANTHING EXCEPT FOR THA LAST ACTION BEIN ON 07-29-09..PLEASE LET ME KNO...

Carmen

October 8, 2009, 11:55pm (report abuse)

I called Rep Bobby Scotts office and was told that they will not be voting on that bill this year. I was told to call my rep and tell them I want them to lobby for it. I thought that it would be voted on this fall.

K.Foster

October 9, 2009, 1:20am (report abuse)

from my understanding i thought it was too..and from what i've hurd so do alot of other people..all i can do is hope and pray that it does get passed soon.

Elee

October 10, 2009, 12:12am (report abuse)

All these negative people in here obvisouly you havent ever had to work hard in your life to make a living no matter what it took. anyways .I also heard that it passes this fall. i hope that it does because my kids are ready for their dad to come home. i have been checking on this everyday now trying to find out ex when its suppost to go in to the house. If anyone finds out let us know.

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October 11, 2009, 4:14am (report abuse)

Here's the date it will be passed - NEVER!

K.Foster

October 11, 2009, 1:37pm (report abuse)

Yes so have I! ... NOBODY CARE ABOUT YOUR NEGATIVITY. WE KNOW THAT OUR MEN, SONS, OR BABIES FATHERS WILL BE COMING HOME SOON THANKS TO THIS BILL SO YES IT WILL PASS!

.*.

October 12, 2009, 2:08pm (report abuse)

So sorry, but your guys won't be coming home, EVER. They will rot in prison, just as they deserve. And besides, they aren't really "guys" anymore. You know what I mean?

......

October 12, 2009, 5:13pm (report abuse)

JUST SO YOU KNOW, MY MAN WILL BE COMING HOME IN DECEMBER WITH OR WITHOUT THIS BILL. LET THAT BE KNOW. HE IS A MAN, NOT A "guy" LIKE YOU!

For ......

October 12, 2009, 5:21pm (report abuse)

Let's hear from you after he gets home and only wants someone to punk him in the a$$.

....

October 13, 2009, 12:18pm (report abuse)

o trust an believe that once he gets home hes not gonna want that. an you wont have to hear from me cuz he'll be wid me

For ....

October 13, 2009, 2:21pm (report abuse)

UmmmHmmm sure. He'll be down on the corner getting some from his butt-buddies.

.....

October 13, 2009, 3:29pm (report abuse)

i dont have time for your ignorance..always tryin to judge someone..i know my man and you dont so there for u cant speak on anyones behalf.

For .....

October 13, 2009, 4:24pm (report abuse)

Make sure you take his f***ot a$$ to the AIDS clinic and get him tested. At least that way you will know for sure.

Elee

October 13, 2009, 9:37pm (report abuse)

Haters, Haters,obvisouly u have issues with yourself as a man. the bill will pass b/c it was changed back in 07 and the statistics show that it was a good chang therefor they will pass this bill this fall adhopefull retroactive so tha my man can get out to.Stop hating

Oh Elee

October 14, 2009, 12:22am (report abuse)

Why you so defensive? You scared that if (BIG IF) your man ever comes home he won't want your stuff anymore? Probably want some of that man stuff down on the corner. Too bad, so sad.

LovingMyMan

October 14, 2009, 5:05am (report abuse)

People are so ignorant, I know this bill will pass... To ....., get a life, your only on here making ignorant comments because you have no life. My 9 year old daughter has more since then you.... To everybody else, in the name of Jesus, this bill WILL PASS!!!

For LovingMyMan

October 14, 2009, 1:34pm (report abuse)

Your 9 year old daughter has more what? Certainly more education and probably more man too.

I truly doubt your jesus will have anything to do with a bill like this.

Toya

October 17, 2009, 3:32am (report abuse)

The level of ignorance that I'm exposed to by reading your statements allow me to rejoice and praise God and to be thankful that he has blessed me in such a way to look at your statements and be humble to your pessimisim. I love each and every one of you, life is to good for bitterness....God is real and Jesus is too. For those who dont believe...hey thats you, but thats whats so great about him he gives the option to choose life or death. With that being said you have your choice honey because your already suffering and you dont know it. I dont know your story so I want judge God says I have to love you anyway and if no one has told you let me be the first to say it today, but when God shows you his wraft I asked that he has mercy on you. "When your fear come as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish come, then they shall call upon me, but I will not answer they shall seek but will not find me."-proverbs 1:27-28 It will pass. Iknow4aFACT :)

Toya

October 17, 2009, 3:52am (report abuse)

Yes, alot of those people behind bars messed up they are only human babe. But God will tell you in Deuteronomy 28-30 that for those who are disobedient they will be cursed but by submitting themselves to him and his word through obedience that blessings should come upon thee and overtake thee. So while you wont give them a second chance the good thing for you and them is that God is a good God. He says upon returning to him "the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity and have compassion upon thee." You can feel how you want to feel I'm not the person who will be judging you. Believe it or not its alot of good people confined for bad choices and I know its some who while being confined are as cold as you but for those who hearts are warm and are trusting in God they will be saved wether its through this law or another law, it really does not matter. Jesus died for a reason and it was because of our sins our imperfections.

For Toya

October 17, 2009, 4:47am (report abuse)

Go spout your religious crap somewhere else. It certainly has no place in a discussion of these druggies. Your jesus died because all you christians were too cowardly to stand up. And just why do you keep quoting from that fictional book? Don't you know that was all made up by a bunch of huys in a tavern? Wake up!

Stand up now and tell the congress NO to this bill. Put all the druggies in jail and leave them there. They don't deserve to be anywhere else but in jail.

LovingMyMan

October 17, 2009, 8:08am (report abuse)

Toooo........, I'll pray for you. If your so against this bill, why are you paying so much attention to it? That lets me further know your for this bill too... Just not man enough to say so......

LovingMyMan

October 17, 2009, 8:09am (report abuse)

But anyways, like I was saying, here is something that was posted on Families Against Mandatory Minimums website.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: One more piece of the crack cocaine puzzle fell into place today when 10 senators introduced a bill to make crack cocaine penalties the same as those for powder cocaine. The picture is now nearly complete – the White House and the Department of Justice have endorsed the complete elimination of the cocaine sentencing disparity, the Sentencing Commission has found the disparity unreasonable, and the House of Representatives and now the Senate have introduced legislation that would equalize crack and powder cocaine penalties

LovingMyMan

October 17, 2009, 8:11am (report abuse)

“No institution stands in the way of crack cocaine changes,” said Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) president Julie Stewart. “Every piece is in place to make this decades-past-due reform a reality.”

Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), who introduced the bill to equalize powder and crack cocaine sentences, offered this statement:

“Drug use is a serious problem in America and we need tough legislation to combat it. But in addition to being tough, our drug laws must be smart and fair. Our current cocaine laws are not. The sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine has contributed to the imprisonment of African Americans at six times the rate of whites and to the United States’ position as the world’s leader in incarcerations. Congress has talked about addressing this injustice for long enough; it’s time for us to act.”

LovingMyMan

October 17, 2009, 8:12am (report abuse)

Other sponsors include Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs Chairman Arlen Specter (D-Penn.), and Senators Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), Ted Kaufman (D-Del.), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), and Al Franken (D-Minn.).

Under current law, five grams of crack cocaine and 500 grams of powder cocaine trigger the same five-year sentence. Fifty grams of crack cocaine and five kilograms of powder cocaine trigger the same 10-year sentence. If the Fair Sentencing Act of 2009 becomes law, crack and powder cocaine mandatory minimums will be equal: 500 grams will require five years and five kilograms will require 10 years, no matter what form of cocaine is involved. The proposal also eliminates the five-year mandatory minimum for simple possession of crack cocaine.

LovingMyMan

October 17, 2009, 8:14am (report abuse)

I hope that helps...

For LovingMyMan

October 17, 2009, 2:34pm (report abuse)

Please keep your prayers to yourself. I don't believe in your god.

I hate drug users and drug peddlers with a passion. I truly believe anyone involved with illegal drugs or the misuse of legal drugs should be put away for life. There is no excuse that ever works. These people are the worst kind of people on the earth.

I don't care if it was 1 gram or 1000 grams, put them in the jail and don't ever let them out.

I keep in contact with my legislators on a very regular basis and I let them know how I feel about this every chance I have.

Why do I spend time here? Because of all the whiners, crybabies and bleeding hearts who would have everyone believe that the druggies should be let out of jail. I will continue to counter every post as long as this forum is open.

leelee

(logged-in user) October 17, 2009, 3:45pm (report abuse)

wow! Is this what it's all have come to?

Toya

October 19, 2009, 3:01am (report abuse)

You have every right to feel how you do just as we have the right to feel as we do. Yes, I knew a long time ago that you do not believe in God but like I said I'm not here to judge you but for the record my God and my Jesus are real. There are many others like u I'm sure but your a rare species and your outcome will be worse than these so called "druggies" that you despise. You dont have to believe honey like I said before he gives you your options. As it says on coins made by the federal government "in God we trust" like I said your rare. Many of those legislators your contacting are servants of the Lord. You will not win this battle honey its to many people that are not like you. Keep posting how you feel cause your making a fool of yourself. Your not even worthy of putting a name to your statements even though we'll never know u, we all recognize you as .... maybe that should stand for "nothing"? You really dont know who your messing with, may God have mercy on you. :)oh yeah luv u!

For Loving my man

October 19, 2009, 3:11am (report abuse)

It already done sweety the bill is already law, we just dont know it yet. Keep waiting TRUST and BELIEVE we'll have the last laugh on this forum :) :) :) :) :) :)

LovingMyMan

October 20, 2009, 3:11am (report abuse)

I TRUST & BELIEVE. This bill is a blessing. :) :) :)

For Toya

October 20, 2009, 4:11am (report abuse)

Your god and your jesus are figments of the feeble minds of people who have nothing else to keep them sane. You need some hope that your life will not end when you die. Guess what? You die - your body dies - there is no soul to move on to "heaven" because there is no soul and no heaven. All you get is a dirt nap forever. All the churches and all the preachers are just con men screwing all you "good christians" out of your money. And in some cases screwing the good sisters as well. If you know what I mean. Maybe I should start a church and see if I can get me some of that too.

Oh and by the way, jail is where all druggies belong - for life.

Blessed

October 20, 2009, 4:39am (report abuse)

K. Foster

Sorry I didn't respond sooner, but I have been extremely busy. The bill passed the House Judiciary back in August before Congress took that month long break. Also I have been informed by a very good source that it will be passing the House of Representatives within the next few weeks. The real good news is that Senator Durbin has submitted a version of the same bill to the Senate. I have spoken to several Lawyers & Judges, and they are sure this bill will pass. As a matter of fact a lot of Judges are not sentencing right now because that's how sure they are this bill will pass. To everyone that is supporting this bill, and has a loved one incarcerated, please do not pay attention to the ignorant person leaving those stupid comments. God is real, and there is nothing that person can say or do to change anything that God has already put into place. Don't let this person steal your joy because that is what he/she is trying to do. May God Bless each of you and your loved ones!

Oh My Blessed

October 20, 2009, 6:21pm (report abuse)

It is still in committee. Please get your facts straight, or at least find a more reliable source.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:HR03245:@@@X

And with only 52 cosponsors it will never make it through the house, much less the senate.

So perhaps your god hasn't done anything after all. The gullibility of all you good "christians" continues to amaze.

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