Mandatory Minimum Sentences


Mandatory minimum sentences prevent judges from exercising discretion and considering the facts of the case. These sentences tie the hands of judges and apply sentences that can be grossly disproportionate to the underlying conduct. In recent years, states have moved to eliminate mandatory minimums to allow for individualized sentences that restore the notion of a punishment that fits the crime.1

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Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentencing

Has the state eliminated mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent drug offenses?

50 points

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Three Strikes Laws

Has the state eliminated "Three Strikes" or habitual laws that apply long mandatory sentences to those with previous offenses on their record?

30 points

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Judicial Flexibility

Do judges have flexibility to adjust sentences within a range, suspend sentences, or use a safety valve?

20 points