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January 14, 2013 (The Sentencing Project)

U.S. Supreme Court considers mandatory minimum sentencing

The Supreme Court of the United States has taken under consideration whether a judge can increase a mandatory minimum sentence if the facts allowing for the longer sentence have not been proved to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt.  The case, Alleyne v. United States, could have important consequences for mandatory minimum sentencing, which is a powerful driver of racial disparities in our criminal justice system.

You can read The Sentencing Project's friend-of-the-court brief here.

Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Collateral Consequences