MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES HURT FAMILIES

03/22/06

In this segment we heard from three guests, two of whom say their husbands received unfair prison sentences under "mandatory minimum sentencing". Our guests were Stetson Law School professor, Robert Batey; Mary Jones whose husband Albert is serving a 25 year sentence for cocaine trafficking- even though he never handled the cocaine and the man who carried out the deal was given a lighter sentence. Our third guest was Linda Paey whose husband Richard was convicted of dealing in prescription painkillers even though no proof that he dealt painkillers was presented in court. Batey says the "one size fits all" sentences don't allow judges to make the punishment fit the crime. Mary's and Linda's families were disrupted emotionally and financially. They belong to a group called FAMILIES AGAINST MANDATORY MINIMUMS which is trying to give judges more discretion in individual cases.

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