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.
This is a tricky question. It would need to be case by case based on amount and intent. Some people possessing a substance, although illegal, are suffering with addiction. They should be sent for treatment rather than right to jail.
It depends, I believe someone who has been caught with marijuana should not be serving a 10 year sentence or any prison time. When most states have made marijuana legal. I think for opioid, cocaine, heroin and people using hard drugs should be sent to a rehabilitation center, doctors who know what is best for those people and not punish them in any way.
depends on how much they had, if they had a small amount then yea i'd say a good couple months, but if they are in possession of like a lot of drugs or smuggling then i'd say like about a year or two maybe 3 years depends on how much they had like i said
Legalize all drugs, most use drugs because they are illegal. It's seen as tempting or the forbidden fruit. If the allure and temptation is stripped away then drug rates will go drastically down. As well as stockpiling people in prison for minor drug charges. Portugal did this already and its successful. They did the same with prostitution.
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