US Sentencing Commission Critical of Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentences in New Report

Posted on November 14th, 2011 by Sam Kauffman

A 645-page report from the United States Sentencing Commission found that federal mandatory minimum sentences are often “excessively severe,” not “narrowly tailored to apply only to those offenders who warrant such punishment,” and not “applied consistently.” That is especially so for sentences of people convicted of drug-trafficking offenses, who make up more than 75 percent of those given federal mandatory minimum sentences.  A Blue Ribbon Indictment

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