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mandatory sentences - Ilya Shlyakhter (notestaff) - letters to editors
June 15th, 2015
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Innocent people can fold under threat of mandatory minimums

Re "Repeal mandatory minimum drug sentences" (Editorial, June 7): How many innocent people plead guilty to avoid the chance of a long mandatory sentence? No matter how weak the evidence, a small chance of a long unjust sentence can coerce a guilty plea.

All protections of a fair trial are useless if prosecutors can coerce defendants to give them up.

Mandatory sentences greatly undermine confidence in the justice system.

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