CT lawmakers push for reduction in size of drug-free zones

Some lawmakers and members of the NAACP are leading the charge to reduce the size of drug-free zones, claiming the law unfairly targets minorities. Under the current law, drug-free zones encompass a

News 12 Staff

Mar 25, 2006, 12:21 AM

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CT lawmakers push for reduction in size of drug-free zones
Some lawmakers and members of the NAACP are leading the charge to reduce the size of drug-free zones, claiming the law unfairly targets minorities.
Under the current law, drug-free zones encompass a 1,500-foot radius around schools, day care centers and housing projects. State Representative Marie Kirkley-Bey (D-Hartford) says the problem is that in cities like Bridgeport and Hartford almost every area falls within a drug-free zone. That's why Kirkley-Bey is supporting a bill that calls for the zones to be reduced to 200 feet. In addition, Kirkley-Bey says minorities often get longer prison sentences for the same offense than those who live in small towns or rural areas.
Meantime, Chief State's Attorney Christopher Morano says the bill is an attempt to do away with mandatory minimum sentencing, which he says has actually proven to be effective.


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