Increasing Mandatory Minimum Penalties

The government should increase mandatory sentences. When the government will enforce this law. Everyone will start thinking twice before they commit a crime. Many of those changes involved imposing or increasing mandatory minimum penalties for dozens of offenses, which critics decried for taking away the ability of judges to use their discretion in handing down a punishment that fits not only the crime but also the person convicted of committing it.

We are all kind of looking forward to it with bated breath. The Supreme Court, however, has already struck down two of the Conservative sentencing reforms last year, including a mandatory minimum penalty of one year behind bars for anyone convicted of a drug offense. We were targeting very serious crimes,’ including the sexual exploitation of children, said Nicholson, who is now Opposition justice critic. That measure was introduced in 2012 as part of an omnibus crime bill. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss matters not yet made public, said choosing which ones to amend is a matter of finding a political consensus over what will work.

A federal government source said it is too early to get into detail, but noted Wilson-Raybould was asked to look at all mandatory minimum penalties. Alistair MacGregor, the NDP justice critic, said he would like to see the Liberals allow for more judicial discretion in some cases, such as for non-violent offenses and first-time offenders, especially if the judge sees hope for rehabilitation. Criticism of Mandatory Minimum Sentence Mandatory minimum sentencing laws, which force a judge to hand down a minimum prison sentence for certain crimes, such as drug possession. Judges cannot lower these sentences, even for extenuating circumstances that would otherwise lessen the punishment.

Yes, the mandatory minimum sentence is a great way to keep the community safe. For example, if someone keeps committing the same crime again and again. It will be not safe in the community. If someone is killing people in the community nonstop. He should get a mandatory minimum sentence because he needs to take responsibility for his actions and understand what he has done wrong. I hope if this happens people will make better decisions in life.