Mandatory minimum sentences meant well when it was initiated by law. But today it has failed. It has failed the people it was established to protect. It is fast losing its justice value as a veritable means of rehabilitating drug offenders. It is high time the US Congress revisits the characteristics of mandatory minimums to properly iron out its social creases.
The police is corrupt to a significant degree; the civilian populations are rotten; and the criminal justice system is compounding the problems. And this is the bane of increasing tensions between people and law enforcement and the courts.
Mandatory Minimum Selectively Punishes Drug Addicts Rather Than Drug Lords
Mandatory minimum sentences were put up to combat drug offenses and curtail distribution of illicit drugs. The problem however is that it has done little in this regard, but significantly increased incarceration rates. This has made prison facilities to lack the necessary resources to fully rehabilitate drug offenders.
Mandatory minimum sentences has increased the number of drug offenders committed to prisons. But it has not really reduced drug related crimes in the United States. Our law-courts must start to look at punishing leaders of drug syndicates, and not just drug users. Drugs wouldn’t be a issue with addicts if they were not effectively distributed. Rather than target drug cartels, mandatory minimum has only targeted low-level and non-violent drug addicts.
Mandatory Minimum Should Factor In Nature, Circumstances, History and Characteristics of Offender
Drug addicts don’t profit from drug use, but drug lords profit massively for making available to the masses. Drug lords are the ones fueling drug related crimes in the society, but only very minimal offenses are committed by non-violent users. The point here is this: mandatory minimum sentences has not reduced crime rates but only increased number of incarcerations. And this needs to be re-thought by the government.
In a few cases where mandatory minimums have lessened crimes and reduced drugs availability – it still seems to favor incarceration over humanity. The sentence makes it possible for the law-courts to treat all drug offenses in the same way – without due regard for mitigating factors in individual cases. According to federal Judge Mark Bennett, “we’re supposed to look at the nature and circumstances of the offense and the history and characteristics of the defendant.”