Mandatory minimum sentences are automatic, minimum prison terms set by Congress. Judges in the U.S. are required to base their sentences on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, mandatory minimum sentencing laws, or both. In 1986 the U.S. Congress passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act which enacted new mandatory minimum sentences for drugs. People caught with 5 grams of crack cocaine were given jail sentences of 5 years without parole (the same sentence as people caught with 500 grams). The legislation was in response to the moral panic involving the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980’s. In 2010 Congress and President Obama eliminated the crack cocaine mandatory sentence with the passage of the Fair Sentencing Act. Opponents of mandatory minimum sentences argue that they often impose long prison terms on non-violent criminals. Proponents argue that the sentences are designed to help judges punish drug cartels and those responsible for the country’s drug epidemic.
Decriminalize drugs and institute programs to rehabilitate drug addicts instead of punishing them
I think that the people that have a problem with drugs should not be put in prison I think they could be sent to an addict center and get help and get over an addiction, but those who sell the drugs to them should be charged.
I don't believe marijuana should be considered illegal and punishable by 20 years in prison. I do think that instead of jail or prison, they should have more funding for drug rehabilitation programs and access to a community programs to help continue drug addictions and bettering someone's life, and help them find jobs.
All drugs should be decriminalized. We should have better rehabilitation/reform centers to treat an addiction or mental health problem, not treat people like this as criminals. Also, my right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness should not be trampled on. I’m an adult who can make decisions for myself, not the government telling me what I can or can’t, or should and shouldn’t do.
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