Mandatory minimum sentences are cruel and ineffective. Sessions wants them back.

Chiraag Bains YC ‘03 and Nancy Gertner wrote an opinion piece featured in The Washington Post on May 15, 2017 in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ instructions for federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges in cases. Chiraag Bains is a Dwight Hall alum who was a prosecutor in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and a current fellow at Harvard Law School.

Under Sessions, prosecutors will be required almost always to charge mandatory minimums, however unjust. They will bind judges’ hands even when the facts cry out for more measured punishment. The result will be great suffering. And there is no good reason for it.”

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