Too Many Run-On Sentences
Mass incarceration policy includes mandatory sentences for certain offenses despite mitigating factors of the case arguing for a less severe sentence. Judges who impose the sentences are often critical of the the inflexibility of the sentencing rules and guidelines, and express remorse when levying them. In particular, as part of its “War on Drugs,” Federal drug laws often require mandatory sentences – including life without parole – for non-violent drug-offenders.
Life Without Parole on the Huffington Post. Profiling 32 people serving life sentences and describing the crimes for which they received a life, or double-life, sentence without possibility of parole.
The Sentencing Project. Established in 1986, The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.