CrimProf Blog

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

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

"End Mandatory Minimums"

From the Brennan Center, via NACDL's news-of-interest:

Currently, the dominant paradigm in the criminal legal system is the myth that imposing harsh mandatory minimum sentences and locking people of color in cages are necessary to keep white people safe. At the federal level alone, mandatory minimum penalties form the cornerstone of the human caging system. Prosecutors’ use of mandatory minimums in over half of all federal cases disproportionately impacts poor people of color and has driven the exponential growth in the federal prison population in recent decades. All 50 states and DC also have mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

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