Criminal Justice Essay

623 Words Jun 4th, 2013 3 Pages
Monahan, John J. (24 Nov, 2005). Drug-Sentence Laws under fire; Mandatory minimum blasted: Telegram and Gazette (Worcester, Mass) A1.

John Monahan a Statehouse Reporter for Telegram and Gazette discusses the mandatory minimum sentencing laws for drug related crimes which were adopted in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Monahan highlights some of the major problems with minimum sentencing laws related to drug crimes. The article relates to the core of the issue by recent research and opinions of government officials who support this view. He finds this opinion strongly supported by people in the legal field and some government officials as well, however the article is also of interest to those effected by or with some interest to mandatory
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Lowe using statistics and opinions of several lawyer and judges, attempts to show that Mandatory Minimum Sentencing is not effective at all. He finds this opinion strongly supported by people in the legal field mainly judges and lawyers although the article can be of interest to just about anybody with an interest in the issue. Lowe clearly addresses the issue of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing by providing significant data and opinions of judges and lawyers about the issue. Many lawyers and judges wish for mandatory sentences to be eliminated because they result in extreme sentences and prison overcrowding. Another problem with mandatory sentencing according to the article is that prosecutors use mandatory sentencing to bully people by forcing them to plead guilty to lesser charges. This takes a lot of the power away from the judge. According to this article “about 90% of drug offenders charged with a mandatory minimum crime ended up with a conviction for lesser charges”. In conclusion Lowe notes that there are many problems with mandatory minimum sentencing. It takes a lot of the authority away from the judge; the majority of the people doing time for them are drug offenders and most of all mandatory minimum sentences “prevent judges and lawyers from treating individuals on a case by case basis”. “According to Cohen the city’s top prosecutor

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