Snitch explores how mandatory minimum sentencing laws can impose harsh punishments on drug defendants without fully considering the individual’s case, shifting power away from the judge and into the prosecution’s hands. Those facing long prison terms under these draconian laws can find themselves sent back into the drug world as reluctant informants in hopes of reducing their sentence. Review the facts and debate the issues using the following curricula.
Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws
For years, mandatory minimum sentences have driven unsustainable prison populations and costs. Rather than wasting money on sentencing nonviolent drug offenders to decades in federal prison, this bill would improve public safety by saving limited Justice Department funds for law enforcement, investigating terrorism and violent crimes, or other areas in order to keep crime low.
Tell your elected officials that you support the Smarter Sentencing Act, which would reform mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws to keep crime low.
For the first time since 2012, there is a sentencing reform bill with bipartisan support in both houses of Congress! Write to both of your elected officials to tell them you support the Justice Safety Valve Act, which would give judges the flexibility to end the injustices produced by mandatory minimum sentences.