Essay On Mandatory Minimum Law

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There are several laws that impacted drug violators in California. Law enforcement continue to strive to reduce the number of drug users. Over the past decades, we were able to analyze the impact of the mandatory minimum in the 1980s and 1990s, effect of mandatory release law passed in the last five years, and find a possible solution for the future.

The mandatory minimum have widely affect drug violators in the 1980s and 1990s. A mandatory minimum sentence is the minimum number of years in prison that must be served when a person is convicted a particular crime. Drug crimes sentences vary based on the amount of the drug involved. The purpose of mandatory minimum sentence is to prosecute high drug offender (Sterling). An example of a mandatory …show more content…

During the 1990s, there are tough crimes that increase the prison's population and length of prison sentencing. For example, former attorney General Dan Lungren explained that violent crimes in California 26.9 percent and 30.8 percent in six major crime categories after passing the Three Strike law (Vitiello, 2002). Three Strike law has an incapacitation effect. The number of third striker and second striker decline every year from 1996 through 2003 (Goodno, 2007). However, mandatory minimum associated with drug crimes are different from other …show more content…

The rising population in prisons became a major concern. In 2010, a prison reform expert explained that putting drug addicts to incarceration cost too much estimating eighty billion of dollars a year (Childress, 2014). Thus, congress's proposal is to shorten the sentencing of nonviolent offender. Some report explained that "there are many people serving time for violent offenses who haven’t actually committed violent acts and might be good candidates for reduced sentences." (Neyfakh, 2015). In short, the person may not be a violent. President Obama stated that "these men and women were not hardened criminals, but the overwhelming majority had been sentenced to at least 20 years." (Horwitz & Eilperin, 2015). Moreover, President Obama believed the nonviolent offender deserved a second chance. On the contrary, the offenders who is labeled as "nonviolent" actually committed violent crime, but able to plea bargain for lesser charge. It is difficult to separate nonviolent and dangerous

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