Repeal All Mandatory Minimums
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 Lawmakers nearly repealed mandatory minimums during the 2021 General Assembly but failed at the last minute.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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