Stop the PA House's Latest Attempt to Expand Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
In the Pennsylvania House, facts apparently don't matter. The facts are that mandatory minimum sentencing has no impact on crime, deterrence, or recidivism. And yet some state representatives keep going back to their old, tired playbook, like a builder who only has one tool.
In the latest version of this folly, the state House will vote on two bills this week to create new mandatory minimum sentences for people convicted of certain offenses while possessing a firearm. And one of those bills will make it nearly impossible for people merely accused of certain offenses to be released before trial, forcing them to prove their future actions before they've even been convicted of a crime that allegedly occurred in the past.
So much for "innocent until proven guilty."
These bills are a recipe for further bloating the populations of Pennsylvania's state prisons and county jails. The votes on this legislation could come as soon as Tuesday.
Contact your state rep and tell them to vote "No" on new, longer mandatory minimum sentences.
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