Brittany Morgan 09/22/19 Sentencing Mandatory sentencing should not exist for more crimes. If we have mandatory punishment for crimes, then there is still a possibility that the punishment does not fit the situation. Judges have higher authorities so they can make decisions such as a person’s punishment. Mandatory punishments defeat the purpose of having judges and courtrooms. Judges are paid to listen to various cases and determine the best fitting punishment for the convicted. Mandatory punishments will remove an important responsibility judges must worry about. “Mandatory minimum sentencing poses a real threat to both public safety and human dignity in the United States, increasing the risk of recidivism among nonviolent offenders and failing to give judges the ability to exert discretion in the context of a given case.” ( Koch Institute, C. (n.d.). Mandatory Minimums, Maximum Punishment) According to Micheal Tonry, mandatory penalties are irrelevant and cause unwanted crime. “Mandatory penalties do not work.
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