The Nightmare/insanity of mandatory minimums

prisonThis came across my Facebook page and found it hard to believe. Then I thought about it and it is oh so true. ‘The United States attorney, William Killian, went after Young — even though none of Young’s past crimes involved a gun, even though Young had no shotgun or other weapon to go with the seven shells, and even though, by all accounts, he had no idea that he was violating the law when he helped Mrs. Mumpower sell her husband’s belongings. In May, a federal judge, acknowledging that the case was Dickensian but saying that he had no leeway under the law, sentenced Young to serve a minimum of 15 years in federal prison. It didn’t matter that the local authorities eventually dismissed the burglary charges.’ You have to ask yourself who benefits from such a sentencing structure and the plain and simple truth is the criminal justice community along with local politicians. The nightmare/insanity of mandatory minimums

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