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More than Numbers: A Proposal for Rational Drug Sentences

Posted: 5 Sep 2008  

Mark William Osler

University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)

Date Written: September 4, 2008

Abstract

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

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

Mark Osler (Contact Author)

University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota) ( email )

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