FOR 30 YEARS, federal law has utilized an array of mandatory minimum sentences for various drug offenses. Those laws and other mandatory minimums have come under attack for the impact they have on individuals and the criminal justice system as a whole. Mandatory minimums are unjust, do not rehabilitate people, and are a waste of taxpayer dollars. We live in a time when 77 percent of the public agrees it is time to reform our mandatory minimum laws. (FAMM, 2016)
Pay attention this year to the conversations and debates surrounding mandatory sentencing. It is a chief reason we have mass incarceration in this nation. Period, Case-Closed!