Our criminal justice system is a mess, and mandatory minimum sentencing laws, which force judges to give long sentences to defendants, regardless of individual circumstance, are part of the problem. The “Three Strikes, You’re Out” law, for example, imposes a mandatory life sentence without parole on offenders convicted of certain crimes.
These laws keep our prison population unnecessarily large and is one of the reasons the US has the highest incarceration rates. Criminal justice reform includes reforming sentencing laws.
Congressmen from both sides of the aisle are calling for change. A bipartisan group of senators just unveiled the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which would reduce the length of mandatory minimum sentences for repeat nonviolent drug offenses and eliminate the “three strike” provision. It also gives judges more control.
Speak out against unnecessarily harsh and counterproductive sentencing laws. Tell your reps: support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.