The Recognition of Prosecutorial Obligations in an Era of Mandatory Minimum Sentences of Imprisonment and Over-Representation of Aboriginal People in Prisons
(2015) 71 Supreme Court Law Review 277-300
25 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2016
Date Written: November 14, 2015
The presence of mandatory minimum sentences does not allow for judges to find alternatives to incarceration or go below the legislated minimum — effectively denying judges the ability to adequately take into account specific background as a possible mitigating factor. For these reasons, this article suggests that Gladue should be recognized as a stand-alone principle that is not rooted in the principle of proportionality in sentencing — and applies notably to prosecutors.
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