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Mandatory Minimum Sentences and Judicial Efficiency 1Mandatory Minimum Sentences and Judicial EfficiencyCandie ReedSNHU
Mandatory Minimum Sentences and Judicial Efficiency 2Mandatory minimum sentences are minimum prison terms that a court must impose for specific crimes. “Mandatory minimum sentencing laws are statutes that require judges to sentence offenders to a specified minimum prison term for a specific crime” (Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, n.d.). Mandatory minimum sentences are an inflexible one-size-fits-all approach that many view as a quick fix solution for crime. Many states have mandatory minimum sentences for crimes including, but not limited to, certain drug, gun, pornography, and economic offenses. “Sentencing guidelines are the standards for determining the punishment that a person convicted of a crime should receive, based on the nature of the crime and the offender’s criminal history” (USLegal, 2016). Unlike mandatory minimums, the sentencing guidelines are not