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Smarter Sentencing Act: end mandatory minimums

Mandatory minimum sentencing laws force federal judges to impose long prison sentences on even first-time, nonviolent offenders. These laws were designed by Congress to address the hypothetical "worst of the worst" criminals. But these sentences were developed without meaningful consideration their lack of deterrent effect, their high cost and their potential for racially disparate enforcement.

The consequences of mandatory minimums have been disastrous. Even more conservative judges see these punishments as inflexible and unreasonably harsh, as a one-size-fits-all approach for may be wholly inappropriate for the type of crime. Furthermore, it takes away our judges' power of discretion or experience.

Andrea supports the Smarter Sentencing Act, introduced by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), which would cut certain mandatory minimum sentences in half.

Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, AndreaZoppForSenate.com , Dec 5, 2015

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