Sunday, August 3, 2014

4 Reasons to be Optimistic About Mandatory Minimums

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Mandatory minimum sentencing laws have sentenced people to jail for decades, sometimes for doing something as simple as selling pot a few times. Is there any reason to be hopeful that things could change? Alex Kreit, professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, tells of four recent contributions to the reform of mandatory-minimum drug sentencing laws.

Attorney General Eric Holder issued new guidelines on how federal prosecutors enforce drug laws. President Obama himself granted clemency for several drug offenders sentenced under mandatory minimum laws.

Meanwhile, Senators Cory Booker and Rand Paul joined forces to advocate reform. Bipartisan action is rare, which makes this all the more impressive.

There are several organizations joining the fight against these laws as well. A group called Families Against Mandatory Minimums is leading the battle against unjust sentencing under these laws.

Are there reasons for optimism? Professor Kreit believes so, and you should too. 

Check out Professor Kreit's other videos:

►You Won't Believe Why These 3 People Were Sentenced to Life
►3 Things You NEED to Know About Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

► Learn More:
"On Sen. Rand Paul's Bid To Nix Mandatory Minimums" (video): The Huffington Post discusses recent efforts at political reform.

"Eric Holder Moves Against Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentencing" (article): Newsweek reports on the attorney general's recent efforts.

"President Obama to Pardon/Commute 'Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands' of Nonviolent Drug Offenders" (article): The Daily Kos discusses the president's grants of clemency for drug sentences, many made on the basis of mandatory minimums.

"Take Action" (article): Families Against Mandatory Minimums offers resources for individuals interested in contributing to the movement to reform drug sentencing laws..