Mandatory minimums are not outdated
My latest post at Hoosier Access:
It has been said that mandatory minimum sentences are outdated, but to say they were outdated implies that they were ever a good idea to begin with. Yes, there were problems with people bouncing in and out of prison as if there is a revolving door, and certainly people were victimized because of criminals falling through the cracks.
But mandatory minimums are the equivalent of smashing a spider with a twenty pound sledge hammer.