More than Numbers: A Proposal for Rational Drug Sentences
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
September 4, 2008
Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 19, No. 326, 2007
For decades, federal law has used the weight of narcotics seized as a proxy for the culpability of a defendant. This method has, predictably, resulted in the over-incarceration of mules and others who hold drugs for a relatively short period of time, rather than the true drug kingpins. This article proposes specific changes to federal law to address this problem.
Keywords: sentencing, drugs, narcotics, mandatory minimums
JEL Classification: K14, K42
Date posted: September 5, 2008
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