ARE MANDATORY MINIMUMS HARMFUL?

John Stossel and his guests share their views on mandatory minimum sentencing.
DATE: 02/13/2017

Discussion Questions

1. Explain what mandatory minimums are. Discuss the benefits and/or drawbacks.

2. Why does Lawrence Garrison say we have a “snitch culture”? What does he mean? Lis Wiehl says snitch is a “good word.” What do you think?

3. Do current laws give incentives for people to lie? Defend your answer. If so, what would be some ways to prevent this?

4. Do mandatory minimums deter people from committing crimes in the first place? Why do you think the crime rate fell in states where mandatory minimums were repealed? Discuss.

5. Should judges have more control over sentencing in these cases? Why or why not?

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