It 's Time For Re Think Mandatory Minimums

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It’s Time to Re-think Mandatory Minimums
During the mid-1980’s an epidemic of cocaine and crack swept the nation leaving many wondering what could be done to eliminate this problem that reached everywhere from small town middle America to the larger metropolitan areas. It has always been the common acceptance that by putting more offenders in jail, crime statistics will decrease. This belief led congress to enact the anti-drug abuse act of 1986. At first, it was believed that this seemed to work, due to there being a “5% drop in crime in the 1990’s” (Chettiar). While according to various newer statistics that have tracked these changes since the early 1980’s, these mandatory minimums may have no bearing on the decline in crime. In fact, there are many theories on this ranging from the “Abortion filter” to the trendiest: “The lead hypothesis “ (Goldstein). There is no argument about whether or not offenders get punished if you break the law; it has become an argument of how offenders are sentenced. First time nonviolent offenders should be penalized by some means, although it ought to be proportionate to the crime. “Jailing nonviolent offenders as the first option actually is counterproductive in many cases and can lead to more serious crime” (Levin). There are many alternatives to jail or prison for a nonviolent offender, prosecutors must get past their internment ratio, and have more confidence on the other options to jail such as drug rehabilitation, work programs, and

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