Overview of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
Mandatory minimum sentencing, a legal term which according to the definition given by law means an individual
condemned of a crime is given a prison sentence for at least a certain period,
in contrast to the punishment issued at the discretion of judges.
To clarify a bit more, let’s look at an example; a person
who is caught carrying one kilogram or more of cocaine would be put in jail for
five years even if a judge feels their sentence should be less.
Mandatory minimum sentencing laws compel judges to give fixed sentences to every convict, regardless of their accountability, answerability and other extenuating factors.