Mandatory Minimum Penalties in the Federal Criminal Justice System

Source: United States Sentencing Commission, October 2011

From the press release:
Today the United States Sentencing Commission submitted to Congress
its 645-page report assessing the impact of statutory mandatory minimum penalties on federal sentencing….In the report, the Commission recommends with respect to drug offenses that Congress reassess certain statutory recidivist provisions, and consider possible tailoring of the “safety valve” relief mechanism to other low-level, non-violent offenders convicted of other offenses carrying mandatory minimum penalties….The Commission also addresses the overcrowding in the federal Bureau of Prisons, which is over-capacity by 37 percent.
See also:
U.S. study urges sentencing reform
Source: UPI, October 31, 2011
States Redefine Felonies to Cut Costs
Source: Whitney Wetzel,, 02 November 2011
State budget cuts clog criminal justice system
Source: Greg Bluestein, Associated Press, October 26, 2011

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