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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"Prosecutors Wrong to Oppose Sentencing Reform"

Doug Berman at Sentencing Law & Policy excerpts this commentary by Jamie Fellner, a senior advisor to the US Program of Human Rights Watch, in part as follows:

The National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys (NAAUSA) has sent a letter to Holder saying mandatory minimums “reach only to the most serious of crimes.  They target the most serious criminals.  They provide us leverage to secure cooperation from defendants.  They help to establish uniformity and consistency in sentencing.  And foremost, they protect law-abiding citizens and help to hold crime in check.”

An impressive set of claims -- but mostly false.

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