Mandatory minimum sentences are automatic, minimum prison terms set by Congress. Judges in the U.S. are required to base their sentences on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, mandatory minimum sentencing laws, or both. In 1986 the U.S. Congress passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act which enacted new mandatory minimum sentences for drugs. People caught with 5 grams of crack cocaine were given jail sentences of 5 years without parole (the same sentence as people caught with 500 grams). The legislation was in response to the moral panic involving the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980’s. In 2010 Congress and President Obama eliminated the crack cocaine mandatory sentence with the passage of the Fair Sentencing Act. Opponents of mandatory minimum sentences argue that they often impose long prison terms on non-violent criminals. Proponents argue that the sentences are designed to help judges punish drug cartels and those responsible for the country’s drug epidemic.
Yes if the committed a crime while under the influence, including dealers, no if is strictly a drug user, they should have choice of rehab or community service time (forcing someone to go to rehab can be detrimental to recovery. They must want to get help.)
Depends on what drug. Coffee is technically a drug but people who commit tax fraud who drink coffee everyday only get in trouble for tax fraud. Someone who deals, smokes or both with marijuana that are in prison for something of that nature, doesn’t make sense.
Meth dealers, smokers or both (including herion or cocaine) deserve harsh punishments.
Things that come naturally from planet earth are not worth wasting tax dollars over.
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