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Today's Teleforum on the Smarter Sentencing Act

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The Smarter Sentencing Act, co-sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) would substantially reduce the mandatory minimum sentences that must be given defendants convicted of dealing in Schedule  I drugs  --  everything from pot to methamphetamine and  heroin.

Proponents of the Act say that we have gone too far with mandatory minimums, and that they impose excessively harsh terms on low-level, non-violent offenders without permitting the judge to tailor the sentence to individual circumstances. Opponents say that mandatory minimums  have helped bring  down crime, are imposed  only  on serious or repeat offenders, are essential in securing cooperation against higher-ups, and  rein in irrational disparity among judges of various ideologies.

Supporting the SSA will be John Malcolm, a former Assistant US Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the George W. Bush Administration.  John is now Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation. Opposing the SSA will be yours truly.

The teleforum begins at 2 pm EDT.  The call-in number is 888-752-3232.  All should feel welcome to join.

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