Should Mandatory Minimum Laws Be Repealed? Essay

767 Words Oct 30th, 2015 4 Pages
Notably, Cassell is not alone in the quest to reestablish how minimum mandatory sentencing is carried out and in some circumstances, avoided completely. Professor William G. Otis is a law professor at Georgetown University and former federal prosecutor who served as Special Counsel Member to President George H. W. Bush. In a similar tone to Cassell, Otis in his article "Should Mandatory Minimum Laws Be Repealed?" explores the concept of minimum mandatory sentencing from the perspective of the federal legislature’s lack of faith in the ability of state judges to uniformly get sentencing right when offenders were found guilty of carrying crime. As a direct result of such legislation and as explored above, thousands of non-violent, first time offenders are now serving prison sentences ranging from 10 to 50 years in state prisons across America treated as equals to career criminals who made their living through violence and/or drugs. Otis argues that although since its legislative conception in the 80’s and 90’s, congressionally mandated criminal justice penalties have made significant progress in curbing crime, in this day and age, he remains skeptical as to whether the benefits still outweigh the consequence as a new set of challenges unravels awaiting address from current national leaders. Otis admittedly identifies the correlation of mandatory minimum sentencing with the concept of overcriminialization and of course the resulting strain that such a process causes on the…

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