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    Time to Reconsider Mandatory Minimum Sentences

    “This woman doesn’t belong in prison for 10 years for what I understand she did. That’s just crazy.” So said federal district Judge Richard A. Gadbois Jr. before sentencing Tonya Drake to a mandatory minimum of 10 years behind bars. Tonya, a financially desperate single mother, mailed a package that, … More

    Crack Clogs

    In April 2007, the U.S. Sentencing Commission lowered the sentencing guidelines for crack. That move was largely uncontroversial as there was wide bipartisan belief that the 100-to-1 crack-to-powder ratio for cocaine offenses were too harsh. More controversial, however, was the Commission’s decision to make the lower sentences retroactive. This past … More