What Are Mandatory Minimums?
Mandatory minimum sentencing laws require harsh, automatic prison terms for those convicted of certain federal and state crimes. These inflexible, "one-size-fits-all" sentencing laws are popular with Congress and state lawmakers because they seem like a quick fix solution for crime.  But mandatory minimums undermine justice by preventing judges from fitting the punishment to the individual and the seriousness of their offense. Because of mandatory sentencing laws, the population of federal and state prisons has soared, resulting in exhorbitant costs to taxpayers and excessively long prison sentences for too many people in the United States.

National Rifle Association and mandatory minimum sentencing

Some people don't know that the National Rifle Association had a large part in causing the huge increase in the U.S. incarceration rate. The NRA strongly lobbied state-by-state for mandatory minimum sentences (also known as "Truth in Sentencing"), and "Two and Three Strikes" laws. Mandatory-minimum sentences are the root cause of the astronomical US incarceration rate according to a New York Times article. The majority of people incarcerated in the U.S. are in prison or jail due to drug-related offenses, crimes to get money for drugs, or drug-related parole or probation violations. For more info see National Rifle Association and mandatory minimum sentencing.


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Whatever good the NRA has done is far outweighed by its part in creating an incarceration nation. See Portal:Drug war charts and maps. See Wikipedia: Mandatory minimum sentencing, and Two and Three Strikes laws. On the day of the Mayan apocalypse, Dec. 21, 2012, the NRA marched in: "LaPierre announced that former Rep. Asa Hutchinson [ex-DEA chief], R-Ark., will lead an NRA program that will develop a model security plan for schools that relies on armed volunteers." Many of them trained and indoctrinated by the NRA. NRA Press Conference: Wayne LaPierre Calls For Armed Police Officers At Every School. Huffington Post, Dec. 21, 2012.

History, quotes, sources.
NRA's lobbying for mandatory minimum sentences.

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Lynching Charlie Lynch
After numerous delays and even a request for guidance from the new Obama administration on June 11, 2009 Judge George Wu sentenced Lynch to one year and one day in Federal Prison. The government was seeking a five year mandatory sentence but the Judge applied the 'safety valve' and gave Lynch a sentence below the mandatory minimums.

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Eddy Lepp is a Vietnam War Veteran, Rastafarian Minister and Medical Marijuana farmer who was growing marijuana for patients under California State Law. He was raided and arrested in 2004 and is currently serving a 10-year sentence. U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Patel threw the book at California medipot grower Eddy Lepp, who received the federal mandatory-minimum sentence for cultivating more than 1,000 plants.

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