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This advertisement appeared in The New Republic and the National Review in 1999.

Even Drug War Advocates Agree:
Mandatory Minimum
Sentencing is Bad!
Stephen G. Breyer, Supreme Court Justice
"Mandatory sentencing laws should be abolished."
Source: United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer in a speech at the University of
Nebraska College, November 20, 1998.
Barry R. McCaffrey, "Drug Czar"
" - mandatory sentencing ties the hands of judges too tightly and prevents
them from exercising discretion and good judgment." "By revising these
sentencing rules, our intent is to broaden support for our drug policies,
restore respect for the law and foster a more effective division of
responsibility between federal, state and local law enforcement."
Source: Prepared Remarks by Barry R. McCaffrey Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy Before the
First Annual Criminal Justice and Substance Abuse Conference Albany, New York, June 29, 1999.
Joseph A. Califano, Jr., President, CASA
"Laws that prescribe mandatory sentences for possession of small amounts
of marijuana are overkill. In general, mandatory sentences, especially
those requiring drug and alcohol abusers and addicts to serve their entire
sentence, are counterproductive. We need all the carrots and sticks we
can muster to help these individuals shake their habit. Mandatory
sentences take away any potential that an early release might hold as an
incentive for such an inmate to enter treatment. Such sentences also
remove the leverage that parole offers to get recently released inmates
to continue treatment and aftercare or face a return to prison."
Source: Statement of Joseph A. Califano, Jr. Chairman and President, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse At Columbia University on release of Non-Medical Marijuana: Rite of Passage or Russian Roulette? July 1999.
Let Judges Judge.
Let's not tie their hands.
Common Sense for Drug Policy Kevin B. Zeese, President
703-354-5694, 703-354-5695 (fax), info@csdp.org, www.csdp.org

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