Mandatory minimum sentences are too high, restitution for crime victims should be available in all cases, and judge-specific data on sentencing should not be reported, according to a survey of more than 600 federal trial judges. From January through March of this year, the U.S. Sentencing Commission conducted its first ever survey of federal judges on their views about sentencing under the advisory guidelines system in effect since 2005, when the Supreme Court struck down the mandatory sentencing guideline system.
Judges Give Thumbs Down to Crack, Pot, Porn Mandatory Minimums
The National Law Journal
June 16, 2010