Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Mandatory Minimums

I am somewhat conflicted on the issue of Mandatory Minimums in general but not as it pertains to drug related offenses. To the extent that somebody is charged with posession of a narcotic or "hard" drug this does not seem to me to be a major offense. But let's say we do in fact view said narcotics user to be threat to society (even if he doesn't have any prior criminal history or at least no record of violent behavior), is a lengthy jail sentence advisable? Think about this for a moment, take a person who suffers from addiction but otherwise poses no threat to society, stick him in a jail where he will in all liklihood be forcibly sodimized and his peer group will be violent criminals. Does this person come out better or the worse for his jail sentence?

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