by John Malcolm
The Heritage Foundation
July 30, 2014
There is no doubt that drug dealers should be punished – the question is, for how long? The pendulum has swung too far when it comes to drug sentencing, and the Smarter Sentencing Act will help return it to the reasonable center. The act adjusts mandatory minimum sentences to be less harsh for drug dealers, provided that they are low-level “mules” who have not committed a violent crime. It also creates some new mandatory minimum penalties and enhances existing ones for certain federal crimes. Finally, the Smarter Sentencing Act makes the law more fair and transparent to average citizens by implementing a “good government” measure, which would require the Attorney General to identify all crimes in the U.S. Code within one year. The Smarter Sentencing Act is a sensible measure that is smart on crime – not soft on crime.

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