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Are you for Mandatory Minimum Sentencing ? 

http://www.youdebate.com/DEBATES/mandatory_sentences.HTM
 


Posts: 31 | Posted: 4:00 PM on May 3, 2002 | IP
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Mandatory Minimum Sentencing - as long as it is hard enough - can help reduce crime. It seems to me that a good minimum would be 75% of the maximum. If a max is 20 years then minimum shoud be 15 years (50 hours a week very hard labor at minimum wage).


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I disagree. Mandatory Minimum Sentencing leaves no room for extenuating circumstances, not to mention the exorbitant sentences it would mean for drig possesion. While maybe we should encourage stiffer sentencing for real hardened criminals, I am leery of making anything absolute. I keep having flashbacks of California's 3 strikes law. which sent people to prison for decades for crimes that are normally misdeamenors.


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I agree. There are often extenuating or agriviating circumstances. Setting a minumum manditory sentence to that high of a level would make a borderline commition of a crime as severely punished as a hard-core commition.

I beleive in MMSs, but 75% seems to be a bit extreme. Perhaps 50%?


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I do not think so.  Kill the death penalty, keep life terms.  They are better  because less blood, and less death.  No minimums ecept for teens.


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in some states a life term is just a name to make a term seem longer than it is. a life term in GA is only 14 years if you have good behavior. but in murders and the like they actually assign years instead of saying a life sentence (they will say 30 years instaed of a life sentence) the term life sentence is used to scare people and to sound more harsh than it really is


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Posts: 451 | Posted: 2:58 PM on October 22, 2002 | IP
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There are three types of life sentences in ALL states: A, B, and C.  A usually runs around 80 years, B 35, and C 20


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Posts: 341 | Posted: 5:52 PM on October 22, 2002 | IP
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life in prison w/out parole fixes that problem. but that isn't what we are saying here. mandatory minimum sentencing means that if you commit a crime (for example, robbery), you are automatically sentenced to 25 years (another example). No matter what. Sometimes its paired with past history, as in a first time offender might get 2 years, but a repeater might get 25. That is the issue at hand, not life with or withou parole.


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My dad is the chaplain at a prison and I sometimes go to some of the services, volunteer, and stuff.  My dad's clerk stole a pack of cigarettes with a plastic gun.  He was charged with armed robbery and has been in prison for 23 years.  Which may not sound like a lot, but when you think about it...he was in prison long before I was born.  He was 17.


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Posts: 341 | Posted: 01:56 AM on October 23, 2002 | IP
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interesting, I just read an article this morning about the exact some incident.
 


Posts: 0 | Posted: 9:47 PM on November 12, 2002 | IP
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Are you stating a coincidental fact, or are you implying that I am lying?


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just a coincidental fact

btw, did you happen to write an article about it?
 


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also, I was wondering if you would let me use that story in a speech I am giving about mandatory minimum sentencing
 


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