Advantages Of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

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When handing down a mandatory minimum sentencing a judge must impose a fixed minimal term in prison for individuals convicted of certain crimes, no matter what their role in the crime or other circumstances. A minimum prison sentence of five years is given to anyone that is convicted of selling 500 grams of powdered cocaine under federal law Guidelines for sentences are based on the type of crime, the weight of the drug, and the number of prior convictions, and defenders are required to serve the entire sentence (85 percent in some state) without parole. A judge can only issue a sentence shorter than mandatory minimum only if the defendant provided corporation in the prosecution of another offender (Levinthal, 2012, pg. 132).

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