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Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984

The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 (Pub.L. 98–473, S. 1762, 98 Stat. 1976, enacted October 12, 1984) was the first comprehensive revision of the U.S. criminal code since the early 1900s. It was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. Among its constituent parts and provisions were:

Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984
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Other short titles
  • Acquisition of Foreign Evidence Improvements Act
  • Bail Reform Act of 1984
  • Comprehensive Forfeiture Act of 1984
  • Controlled Substances Penalties Amendments Act of 1984
  • Insanity Defense Reform Act of 1984
  • Livestock Fraud Protection Act
  • Pharmacy Protection and Violent Offender Control Act of 1984
  • Sentencing Reform Act of 1984
Long titleAn Act entitled the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984.
Acronyms (colloquial)CCCA
NicknamesComprehensive Crime Control Act of 1983
Enacted bythe 98th United States Congress
EffectiveOctober 12, 1984
Public law98-473
Statutes at Large98 Stat. 1837 aka 98 Stat. 1976
Titles amended18 U.S.C.: Crimes and Criminal Procedure
U.S.C. sections amended18 U.S.C. ch. 1 § 1 et seq.
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the House as H.J.Res. 648 by Jamie L. Whitten (D-MS) on September 17, 1984
  • Committee consideration by House Appropriations
  • Passed the House on September 25, 1984 (316-91)
  • Passed the Senate on October 4, 1984 (passed voice vote)
  • Reported by the joint conference committee on October 10, 1984; agreed to by the House on October 10, 1984 (252-60) and by the Senate on October 11, 1984 (78-11)
  • Signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on October 12, 1984


  1. ^ JOHN ENDERS (ASSOCIATED PRESS) (April 18, 1993). "Forfeiture Law Casts a Shadow on Presumption of Innocence : Legal system: Government uses the statute to seize money and property believed to be linked to narcotics trafficking. But critics say it short-circuits the Constitution". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 11, 2014. ....Prosecutors and law enforcement officials insist the program, included in the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, is helping them fight the drug war. ... seizures hurt dealers where it counts--in the pocketbook....