Poll Indicates Half Oppose Mandatory Minimums by Blue LLP


Posted on 29 Aug 2013


Poll Indicates Half Oppose Mandatory Minimums

A recent poll indicates that half of Americans oppose mandatory minimum sentences. Mandatory minimum sentences are common for federal drug crimes, and prevent judges, barring consent from the prosecutor, from imposing a sentence that is below the statutory minimum.

A recent poll indicates that half of Americans oppose mandatory minimum sentences.  Mandatory minimum sentences are common for federal drug crimes, and prevent judges, barring consent from the prosecutor, from imposing a sentence that is below the statutory minimum. 

According to the poll, 50 percent of respondents believe that judges should have more discretion in determining sentences, while only 32 percent believe that the government should require minimum sentences for certain crimes.

Drug reform, particularly as it relates to mandatory minimum sentences, has received increased media attention over the past several months.  As we’ve blogged about here, and here, both Congress and Attorney General Eric Holder have announced efforts to curb the devastating impact minimum sentences have on criminal defendants, their families, and society at large.

Source:  The Huffington Post, "Drug Sentencing Poll Finds Most Oppose Mandatory Minimums," Emily Swanson.

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