WASHINGTON (NEWS10) – During a criminal justice speech at Hudson Institute, Senator Tom Cotton, (R-Arkansas) says that the U.S. has an under-incarceration problem.
Cotton says arguments supporting a bill currently going through Congress to reduce the mandatory minimums in Congress is baseless and proven wrong by hard facts and history.
“For the vast majority of crimes, a perpetrator is never identified or arrested, let alone persecuted, convicted, and jailed. Law enforcement is able to arrest or identifying a likely perpetrator for only 19 percent of property crimes and 47 percent of violent crimes.”
Mandatory minimum sentencing laws require one-size-fits-all prison terms for people convicted of certain federal and state crimes.
Cotton says you cannot decrease the severity and certainty of the sentences without increasing the crime.
Last year, President Obama called to shorten or end mandatory minimum sentencing laws for non-violent drug offenses.