Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Video: The Devastating Effects of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new policy to ease strict federal mandatory minimum drug-related sentences that started under President Reagan in 1986. In the following video, RT America focuses on the devastation wrought by such sentences in the case of Karen Garrison's twin sons, Lamont and Lawrence, both of whom were top students at Howard University with dreams of attending law school. As Julie Stewart, founder of Families Against Mandatory Minimums explains, "When somebody goes to prison, the entire family goes to prison." Watch:


Michael J. Mand said...

This video provides ample evidence of two facts. One is the racial injustice that is currently embodied in our justice system. And the other is the great national tragedy that was, and still is, the legacy of Ronald Reagan.

Jeff Tone said...

True on both counts.