Posted: 5 Sep 2008
Date Written: September 4, 2008
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
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Osler, Mark William, More than Numbers: A Proposal for Rational Drug Sentences (September 4, 2008). Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 19, No. 326, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1263565