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NY Times: How Mandatory Minimums Enable Police Misconduct

They drastically limit accountability for those with the power to take away a person’s liberty.

In criminal courts throughout this country, victims of police abuse — illegal stops and frisks, car stops and searches, home raids, manufactured charges and excessive force — routinely forgo their constitutional right to challenge police abuse in a pretrial hearing in exchange for plea deals. They do so because the alternative is to risk the steep mandatory minimum sentence they would face if they went to trial and lost. Prosecutors use the fear of these mandatory minimums to their advantage by offering comparatively less harsh plea deals before pretrial hearings and trials begin.

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/25/opinion/mandatory-minimum-sentencing.html

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