• Drugs,  Sentencing

    Conservatives and Mandatory Minimum Federal Sentences

    From Professor Berman’s “Sentencing Law and Policy Blog,” why conservatives should support the effort to reform mandatory minimums in non-violent federal sentences: the Heritage Foundation and mandatory minimum sentences: A conservative friend alerted me to this notable entry from the blog of The Heritage Foundation authored by Evan Bernick and headlined “Time to Reconsider Mandatory Minimum Sentences.”   Here are excerpts:  The Smarter Sentencing Act is narrowly tailored to address one of the most pressing problems with mandatory minimums — arbitrary, severe punishments for nonviolent offenses— while leaving for another day the question of whether mandatory minimums should apply to violent crimes…. Mandatory minimums were intended to address widely acknowledged…