Abolish Unfair Mandatory Minimums sign now

I support judicial discretion because the punishment must fit the crime and offender in every case. Judges -- not prosecutors or defense attorneys -- should determine appropriate sentences based on the facts of each case they consider, following the law and the sentencing guidelines. To insure that a judge's decision to depart from a guideline sentence meets standards for appropriate punishment, the prosecutor can appeal it. This safeguard prevents judges from delivering sentences that are too soft.

Judicial discretion is one of the hallmarks of American justice. Congress built departure authority into the sentencing system when it passed the Sentencing Reform Act in the mid-1980s. Departure power is a healthy and necessary part of a fair criminal justice system to ensure appropriate discretion.

I believe that mandatory minimums strip judges of the right to look at individuals on case by case basis. Instead, prosecutors are dictating the sentences and are often not proportionate to the crime committed. Judges are slowly loosing the power to do their jobs. Help stop the threat to judicial discretion. - Derived from www.famm.org website



I am beginning this petition on behalf of a friend who is spending the rest of his life in prison under the Prison Release Reoffender Act after being convicted of breaking into an empty home and stealing various items of value including several guns. The crime is reprehensbile, but life in prison?

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Betty ParrishBy:
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Governor Jeb Bush, U.S. Sentencing Commission

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