A mandatory sentence is a court decision setting where judicial discretion is
limited by law. Typically, people convicted of certain crimes must be punished
with at least a ... As part of police tar...
The tough sentencing policies and draconian prison regimes adopted by ...
soaring homicide rates have made Latin America the most violent region in the
world.1. ... habitual criminals or gang members quickly learn that they need to
adopt the ...
Oct 3, 1987 ... LEAD: The facts of crime and punishment in the United States are staring us in ...
we need to acknowledge that longer sentences do not deter most crime. ... and
African countries, we also have the highest violent-crime rate.
There is and has been a contentious debate over this topic much longer than
there has been a ... There has been a slow, gradual reduction in violent crime
over the last 20-30 years, but the spikes .... I also think we need to take a look at
whether our prison system is helpful in terms of stopping crime and keeping
Jul 20, 2015 ... However, harsher sentences for violent criminals accounted for nearly half the ...
rate will require rolling back prison terms for these crimes, too.
Feb 10, 2014 ... Mandatory minimum sentences are the product of good intentions, but ... finds
that the defendant meets certain criminal history requirements and ... to criminal
history, violence, lack of injury to others, and leadership. ... In fact, it is easy to find
examples of unduly harsh mandatory minimums for drug offenses.
Jul 7, 2012 ... Tougher prison sentences reduce crime, particularly burglary, according to ... The
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May 27, 2010 ... Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission need to place a special .... “the
violence in an offender's criminal past, information about crimes not .... Third,
drug mandatory minimum statutes impose harsh sentencing “cliffs” ...
Mar 4, 2015 ... ... work of re-evaluating harsh sentencing policies for people convicted of ... But
prisons exist for a reason—to remove violent criminals from the ...
In the federal Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement .... aimed primarily to
make sentences for drug and violent crimes harsher and their imposition more
certain. ... Mandatory minimum sentence laws required minimum prison terms for