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Mandatory minimum sentences lead to the disproportionate warehousing of Black & Latinx men, coerce innocent people or victims of illegal police conduct to forego their right to hearings & trial, decrease public safety, & cost taxpayers a fortune.
District Attorneys like you (☝️) love mandatory minimums bc they give you all the power. You use the threat of mandatory minimums to get people to plead guilty. 95% of the time. In so doing, you suppress the truth, insulate officer misconduct, & perpetuate mass punishment.
District Attorneys make “one-time offers,” pleas to less than mandatory minimums, a pressure tactic that undermines opportunity to make a truly voluntary decision. “A plea offer, once made, shouldn’t depend on a person having the audacity to exercise their constitutional rights.”
We must abolish mandatory minimum sentences. Aside from denying individualized justice and driving mass punishment, they usurp the role of the jury, coerce guilty pleas and, yes, insulate police misconduct. nytimes.com/2019/09/25/opi…
Also by “gun-related” crime, you mean nearly all simple gun possession cases with no allegations of use. In NY, first time arrest, the mandatory minimum is 3.5 years. It’s considered a “violent” felony. In another state, it’s “considered walking into a Walmart on a Tuesday.”
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