Senators aim to scrap mandatory minimum sentences

, The National Law Journal


Two senators want to give federal judges the ability to impose prison sentences shorter than the mandatory minimums they're required to impose, an option long requested by defense attorneys and judges who feel restricted by sentencing laws.

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  • Jerri Cook

    I continue to be impressed with Senator Paul. As he correctly points out, we are a nation of runaway laws. As the nanny state grows, personal liberties necessarily decline until we arrive at where we are now. Judges and juries know far better than any bureaucrat what a just sentence is, and have been demonstrating this for over 200 years. I am encouraged that this seems to be a bipartisan effort. All is not lost.

  • ELois P. Clayton

    I AGREE!

    Many individuals, has been incarcerated for 29 years and more, has NO intention of coming home(when/if they're released), has filed for 'CLEMENCY' AND is living a life(even in prison still), which shows/proves, that they DO have remorse and is NOT invloved in ANY wrongdoings.

    These individuals, should be allowed to PROVE, to society, that they have turned their lives around AND these inmates, ALSO, have family and friends, who ARE suportive of their GOOD progress>

    One of these inmates, is #A-74146, who has been a MODEL prisoner, has family, who IS supportive and can/will vouch, that is IS, living, talking AND modelling his life, as model people, should be.

    This (1) individual, is my brother, who has a lifelong partner(who's a minister), has children(who is in DYER need of his support to keep them moving in a positive direction(which is what he's done, even with what he has been through;protecting us from bullies and rapist, the best he could and has other family members and church family, who is waiting for him to be released, for he IS a positive person, who(through it ALL), will NOT, hesitate to teach OTHERS, to stay away from the life of crime.

    He has been a gambler, who NO LONGER, needs to delve his life into such a lifestyle. He is (61) years old now and realizes thatr his family needs him, with great nephews and nieces, who MUST have his input in living well, just because of the many EVILS, that lurk in th eworld today.

    I have NO DOUBT, that if given a chance, he can eve be a teacher, for that's all he has EVER done with our children, is play educational games with them.

    He DOES have GREAT remorse, for any idea he requested, to simply survive inside the walls of prison and we have forgiven him and now believe in him WHOLEHEARTEDLY.

    Give him a chance and I will do MY part, at lettign him know that he IS loved and we DO belive in him, for the rest of OUR lives AND his.

    Sometimes, inmates, needs to know, that they are cared about.

    Sometimes, some inmates never receive that concern, from their families, but other times(as in our case), gambling, sometimes, takes over the command sense, in lives, which sometimes, it takes such a stent in prison, for some to realize, but NOW, our lovedone, has finally realized, that he doesn't have to live that life, as he believed for so long.

    Teaching, is an avenue, that will easliy take to, as well as mechanic work, along with managing real-estate property, whic we can use him to HELP us with for we ALL have the potentual to do GREAT things and him being released (2013), will give him the opportunity/give US, the opportunity, to show society, that we ARE, the better people and we do NOT belong in the mist of the CORRUPTION that is being proven DAILY, stems from the "authoritarians" in society!

    PLEASE RELEASE Richard Poole, from Stateville.

  • Concerned

    It's also interesting that 70 percent of federal judges are white men. Isn't there any concern that the already harsher sentencing of minorities will just worsen under this new law?

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