Repeal All Mandatory Minimums

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In America, the punishment should fit the crime. Mandatory minimum sentences are a one-size-fits-all punishment that goes against this fundamental tenet by prescribing a minimum amount of time somebody must be incarcerated if found guilty of a specific offense, regardless of the circumstances of the crime. Approximately 10,000 people in Virginia are serving at least one mandatory minimum sentence.

Repealing mandatory minimums does not mean letting defendants off the hook. It simply means restoring power to judges and juries to make sentencing decisions that fit the crime. Lawmakers nearly repealed mandatory minimums during the 2021 General Assembly but failed at the last minute. Let's not let that happen again.

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Mandatory minimum sentencing is an outdated, one-size-fits-all policy that gets in the way of just outcomes in Virginia's criminal legal system. Repealing all mandatory minimums is a critical step toward restoring justice and liberty to our Commonwealth.

Repealing mandatory minimums does not mean letting defendants off the hook. It simply means restoring power to judges and juries to make sentencing decisions that fit the crime. Legislators must honor the expertise of judicial officials to determine what is in the best interest of public safety on a case-by-case basis.

As your constituent, I urge you to vote "yes" to repeal all mandatory minimums and allow for retroactive resentencing for people currently serving mandatory minimum sentences. Doing so will lead to more balanced decision-making and fairer outcomes in Virginia's criminal legal system.

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