Comment by Jim Campbell
September 24th, 2021
At first blush it might be easy to think or say, put the guy behind bars, that’s where he belongs, or as some police officers will admit on the not cleanest of busts, “Well if they didn’t do this one they probably did another one.
Listening to John Stossel’s take and the prosecutors he interviewed in the video below is telling.
“It makes the entire process easier.“
Exactly what kind of justice is that?
Hold on, if former prosecutor and part time Fox News analyst Leis Weihl a mind reader?
Does she have a crystal ball?
If our representatives in the House and the Senate were doing their jobs, these laws would have been overturned long ago.
Problematically, each state has their own mandatory minimum sentences which can be more severe than federal minimums.
There are also socioeconomic and racial components involved.
Blacks are incarcerated in state prisons across the country at more than five times the rate of whites, and at least ten times the rate in five states.
This report documents the rates of incarceration for whites, blacks, and Hispanics in each state, identifies three contributors to racial and ethnic disparities in imprisonment, and provides recommendations for reform.[Source]
The Heritage Foundation
Authors: Paul Larkin Jr. and Evan Bernick
Summary Mandatory minimum sentences are the product of good intentions, but good intentions do not always make good policy; good results are also necessary. Recognizing this fact, there are public officials on both sides of the aisle who support amending some components of federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
But before such reform can proceed, Congress must ask itself: With respect to each crime, is justice best served by having legislatures assign fixed penalties to that crime?
Or should legislatures leave judges more or less free to tailor sentences to the aggravating and mitigating facts of each criminal case within a defined range?
Today, public officials on both sides of the aisle support amending the federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
The U.S. Senate is considering two bills that would revise the federal sentencing laws in the case of mandatory minimum sentences.
Each proposal might be a valuable step forward in criminal justice policy, but it is difficult to predict the precise impact that each one would have. Copied
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Is justice best served by having legislatures assign fixed penalties to each crime? Or should legislatures leave judges more or less free to tailor sentences to the aggravating and mitigating facts of each criminal case within a defined range?
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