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

Friday, September 6, 2013

"The Case for Mandatory Minimums"

Bill Otis has this post at Crime & Consequences, reporting his recent remarks at a Federalist Society debate. It strikes me that advocating for some minimums is too easy: the problem with the mandatory minimums is that they are typically too high, which is probably what we should expect from our political process.So while it is true that unfettered sentencing discretion has a cost, it may be that the relevant comparison is to excessive minimums.

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