Article by Emily Gray Brosious, Extract
Ahead of the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Las Vegas, Republican nominee Donald Trump said Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton should be drug tested before coming on stage, suggesting she used drugs before the last debate in St. Louis, which Donald himself sniffled suspiciously throughout.
Donald Trump went on to praise his vice presidential running mate Mike Pence for taking a hard stance on drugs in his home state of Indiana. Earlier this year, Pence reinstated mandatory minimum prison sentences for some drug offenses.
Mandatory minimum sentencing laws have been widely criticized among judicial reform groups, which say such laws largely serve to incarcerate thousands of low-level offenders who represent no danger to society.
According to a Federal Judicial Center report on the topic of mandatory minimums:
“There is substantial evidence that the mandatory minimums result every year in the lengthy incarceration of thousands of low-level offenders who could be effectively sentenced to shorter periods of time at an annual savings of several hundred million dollars, and that the mandatory minimums do not narrowly target violent criminals or major drug traffickers.
“Such statutes have unintended consequences that compromise the basic fairness and integrity of the federal criminal justice system.”