Supreme Court Justice Says Mandatory Sentences Often ‘Unwise and Unjust’

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http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/24/weekinreview/24LIPT.html Earlier this month at a lawyers convention, Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy criticized mandatory minimum sentences, The New York Times reports. "In too many cases" he said, "mandatory minimum sentences are unwise and unjust." Experts disagree about how to determine the most effective length of a prison sentence. Since California enacted a law requiring tough sentences for many third offenses in 1994, the trend in many states has been toward long, fixed sentences, even for . . .

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