Mandatory minimum sentences have long troubled drug-reform advocates. First instituted by Congress during the war on drugs in the 1980s, they prevent judges from considering other factors, such as past behavior, when handing out prison time.
"A Drug Dealer Got a Life Sentence and Was Devastated. So Was the Judge Who Sentenced Him." is from the May 05, 2017 Local section of The Washington Post. It was written by Justin Wm. Moyer and narrated by Jill Melancon.