Mandatory minimum sentences are the product of good intentions, but good intentions do not always make good policy; good results are also necessary.
Mandatory sentencing requires that offenders serve a predefined term for certain crimes, commonly serious and violent offenses. Judges are bound by law; these sentences are produced through the legislature, not the judicial system.
Most mandatory minimum sentences apply to drug offenses, but Congress has enacted them for other crimes, including certain gun, pornography, and economic offenses.
Mandatory minimum sentences – set by Congress, not judges – require automatic, minimum prison terms for certain crimes.
The most common imposed federal mandatory minimum sentences arise under the Controlled Substance and Controlled Substance Import and Export Acts...
Mandatory minimum sentencing laws set minimum sentences for certain crimes that judges cannot lower, even for extenuating circumstances.
Mandatory minimum sentencing statutes have been tried in the federal system before, The Consequences of Mandatory Minimum Prison Terms.
Mandatory minimum sentencing reform. Prison definitely pays, but there’s one class of criminal that is an arguable exception: low-level, first-time drug of-fenders . . .
(Mandatory Minimum Sentences in the Federal System FY2010, by Drug Type) "Approximately two-thirds (66.1%, n=15,831) of the 23...
The objective of mandatory minimum sentences is making the consequences of committing crimes less beneficial than the perceived rewards.