Problems With Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

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Problems with Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Willuance Mesalien Nova Southeastern University Abstract Ben Whishaw once said, "The criminal justice system, like any system designed by human beings, clearly has its flaws." For many years, the criminal justice system has been criticized for its many problems and errors; one in particular that caught my attention was the mandatory minimum sentencing laws. These laws basically set minimum sentences for certain crimes that judges cannot lower, even for extenuating circumstances. The most common of these laws deal with drug offenses and set mandatory minimum sentences for possession of a drug over a certain amount. Sentencing procedures can vary from jurisdiction to Jurisdiction.…show more content…
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore released a statement on this case as the Supreme Court refused to overturn the case. I mean really, this is just crazy how a petty drug offense can get a man life in prison and some other fool is let off easy, after committing an armed robbery. The problem with LSD specifically is that it comes in many forms. For instance, if a person is holding 1 hit of liquid LSD that is placed on a strawberry can get up to 10 years in jail whereas another person with 100 hits of acid in paper form may not even get a mandatory sentence if it weighs under a gram. The whole point behind the legislation comes in response to the American public 's desire to crack down on those who sell drugs. According to The USCC (U.S. Sentencing Commission), fifty-five percent of all federal drug defendants are low-level offenders, such as mules or street dealers. Only 11% are classified as high-level dealers. (Federal Sentencing Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2015.) So, in essence, it not really targeting the folks that it should target. For many years, the government has been using tax papers dollars to fund the lives of criminals locked up in a jail cell or prisons. According to the ALEC (America Legislative Exchange Council), on average per inmate it takes approximately $17,973 to house them. (ALEC American Legislative Exchange Council. N.p., n.d. Web. 06
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