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Judiciary Hearing on Mandatory Minimums

Posted on by Jesse Lee

The Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security is currently holding a hearing, “Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws – The Issues.”

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Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Scott gives opening remarks:

Chairman Scott:
“Mandatory minimum sentences have been studied extensively and have been shown to be ineffective in preventing crime. They have been effective in distorting the sentencing process– they discriminate against minorities in their application, and they’ve been shown to waste the taxpayer's money.”

Paul G. Cassell of the Judicial Conference of the United States gives opening testimony:

Cassell:
“The Judicial Conference opposes mandatory minimum sentences because they block judges from considering the individual circumstances of particular cases. Mandatory minimum sentencing schemes create a one-size-fits-all system that requires federal judges to ignore individual differences in particular cases. Testimony in today’s hearing illustrates the wide range of cases that come before federal judges. You’ll hear testimony from Ms. Serena Nunn, a first time offender, who was a minor participant in a drug distribution scheme organized by her boyfriend. You’ll hear a representative from the border conrol union talking about Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, convicted of discharging a firearm while arresting a drug smuggler on the Texas border…”
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