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Default Mandatory minimum sentence rarely works


A "new" proposal before the legislature advocates abolishing parole for folks convicted of first-offense armed robbery. Experience teaches us that such "mandatory minimums" seldom achieve the desired result.
First, it is always good to know where the current law originated. For many years, we just had "simple" robbery which is also known as "strong-armed robbery." The other version was "armed robbery," which was any robbery committed with a deadly weapon
"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. And then you cash in on guilt"--Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
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