The Impact of Mandatory Sentencing Policies in the United States: Prepared for the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Canada
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Oct. 30, 2009
ANNOTATION: This testimony addresses the experience of the U.S. in utilizing mandatory sentencing in the hope that it “will be useful in [the Committee’s] consideration of proposed changes in Canadian law” (p. 1). Points explained in Mauer’s analysis include: mandatory sentencing has failed to enhance public safety; mandatory sentencing results in excessive punishment; and mandatory sentences transfer discretion from judges to prosecutors.