Barack Obama on Crime

Last Updated : Oct 04, 2012

Summary

As a Senator, Barack Obama co-sponsored legislation ending racial profiling and spoke about the need to end racial profiling in his campaign literature. On Change.gov, President-Elect Obama also noted his support for the COPS program originally started by President Clinton.

President Obama signed into law the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 which helped to lessen disparities between sentencing for crack and powder cocaine. When speaking about the act, President Obama stated that the act began to address the wrongs of the past.

 

The Second Chance Act

On November 8, 2005 Senator Obama spoke on the Senate floor in support of the Second Chance Act.

 

Change.gov Statements

Under the urban policy section of change.gov, Senator Obama noted 4 items he would address to deal with crime and law enforcement.

 

Fair Sentencing Act of 2010

In July of 2010, President Obama signed into law the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. This legislation increased the amount of crack cocaine required to be in possession to trigger the mandatory minimum penalties, and increased financial penalties for trafficking in drugs. While speaking to the Urban League, President Obama said the following about the law:

 

Official Website Statements

 

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-109; Bill Number-S 2138; End Racial Profiling Act of 2005 or ERPA - Cosponsor

A bill to prohibit racial profiling.

References

[1] Website: WhiteHouse.gov Article: REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON EDUCATION REFORM AT THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE Author: NA Accessed on: 03/07/2011

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