Tough Drug Sentencing’s Impact Questioned

The federal prison population quadrupled from 43,000 inmates in 1987 to 173,000 today, at a cost of $4 billion a year, notes CBS’s “60 Minutes.” The TV newsmagazine traces the impact of federal sentencing guidelines and mandatory-minimum sentencing laws. Consider Brenda Valencia, who in 1991 was a 19-year-old former high school athlete in Miami who’d
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