Senate Proposal Would Expand Mandatory-Minimum Drug Sentencing — Again

Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 15, 2013. (Photo: Gage Skidmore) Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), facing a primary runoff in a state struggling with opioid misuse, is pushing to vastly expand mandatory-minimum sentencing for the opioid drug fentanyl. Advocates say the proposal would repeat one of the worst mistakes of the war on drugs. In a move that would reinvigorate one of the most harmful innovations of the drug war, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) is pushing to vastly expand mandatory-minimum sentencing for those convicted of possessing the opiate drug fentanyl. Her proposal is facing fierce opposition from public health and civil rights advocates eager to end the war on drugs. Nearly 100 organizations sent a letter to Senate leadership this week opposing the legislation, which they say would extend harsh punishments to low-level […] Read More

Group Seeks Mandatory Minimum Sentence For Cops Who Kill The Unarmed

Washington, DC – After a review of options by a panel of activists, a petition has been launched on Whitehouse.gov seeking to create a mandatory minimum sentence to be imposed on officers who kill unarmed citizens. The activists hope to create an incentive for officers to think before they act. Under this legislation, officers will not be able to use the excuse they were in fear for their lives when encountering a unarmed citizen. When officers carelessly destroy the lives of the unarmed, their life will also be destroyed. Heather Lucas described it as: “The first bill that dissolves the seeming impenetrable corrupt safety net the FOP provides to murderous police.” Sam Andrews of the Missouri-based Tactical YETIs, said: “No more free passes for Government employees committing criminal acts.” Mike Kay said: “The people have waited far too long for a positive step towards police accountability. This will expose who’s […] Read More