Mandatory Minimum Sentences: Are They Being Imposed and Who Is Receiving Them? - GAO Report
|Date:||July 28, 1993|
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Gun control law
Since the enactment of statutes carrying mandatory minimum sentences, questions have been raised about whether such sentences are being imposed when required and who is receiving them. This testimony discusses (1) whether offenders convicted of crimes carrying mandatory minimum sentences actually received them; (2) how local prosecution practices influenced decisions to bring charges entailing mandatory minimum sentences; (3) what the relationship between the federal sentencing guidelines and mandatory minimum sentences is; and (4) what the races, the genders, the ages, the criminal histories, and the education of offenders receiving mandatory minimum sentences are. GAO reviewed 900 cases in eight judicial districts that had the potential for mandatory minimum sentences as a result of drug or firearms violations. Overall, 85 percent of the offenders received at least the statutory minimum sentence.