by The Heritage Foundation
The Heritage Foundation
June 25, 2014
Drug dealers should be punished for the harm that they do to society. However, current harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug offenses have resulted in too many low-level drug offenders taking up valuable space that ought to be occupied by individuals who pose the greatest threat to public safety. States that have rolled back mandatory minimum sentences have continued to see violent and property crime rates drop. Congress should consider making similar reforms to federal mandatory minimum sentences. These reforms would reduce sentence length, harmonizing the disparity in sentencing between crack cocaine and powder cocaine offenders, and the creation of new mandatory minimums to more harshly punish the most dangerous of federal criminals (i.e. sexual assaulters, domestic violence offenders, and terrorists).

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