Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

Data, statistics and information regarding mandatory minimum sentencing and sentencing guidelines

Methamphetamine Offenders Facing Mandatory Minimums, By Race/Ethnicity and Gender

(Methamphetamine Offenders Facing Mandatory Minimums, By Race/Ethnicity and Gender) "The demographic characteristics for methamphetamine offenders convicted of an offense carrying a mandatory minimum penalty differ from those observed for most other major drug types in two ways. First, more than half (51.3%, n=1,776) of methamphetamine offenders convicted of an offense carrying a mandatory minimum penalty are White and another 42.6 percent (n=1,476) are Hispanic.

Crack Cocaine Offenders Facing Mandatory Minimums, By Race

(Crack Cocaine Offenders Facing Mandatory Minimums, By Race) "The overwhelming majority of crack cocaine offenders convicted of an offense carrying a mandatory minimum were male (92.7%, n=3,620)658 and were United States citizens (97.2%, n=3,796).659 More than three-quarters (78.6%, n=3,728) of all crack cocaine offenders were Black. Black offenders constituted a similar proportion (78.5%, n=3,059) of those crack cocaine offenders convicted of an offense carrying a mandatory minimum penalty.

Mandatory Minimums vs. Sentencing Guidelines

(Mandatory Minimums vs. Sentencing Guidelines) "Despite their general leveling effect, mandatory minimums can actually increase sentencing disparities in some cases. For example, as the US Sentencing Commission (1991, p. 31) points out, the law provides for large sentencing step-ups or "cliffs" over tiny quantity ranges. A first-time offender found to be in possession of 5.1 grams of crack must be sentenced to at least 5 years in prison.

Transferring Drug Prosecutions from State to Federal Jurisdiction

(Transferring Drug Prosecutions from State to Federal Jurisdiction) "The prosecution of many drug offenders is discretionary and can be subject to either state or federal jurisdiction. Frequently, state cases are transferred to federal prosecutors in order for the defendant to face stiffer penalties in the federal system. The potential of facing a mandatory minimum or a Guideline range sentence that is significantly longer than what one would face in state court increases the likelihood that a defendant will accept a plea bargain."

Relief from Mandatory Minimum Penalties, by Race and Gender

(Relief from Mandatory Minimum Penalties, by Race and Gender) "In fiscal year 2010, more than half (54.4%, n=8,619) of drug offenders convicted of an offense carrying a mandatory minimum penalty received relief from the mandatory minimum penalty. Approximately one quarter (26.1%, n=4,136) of the drug offenders received relief through operation of the safety valve alone.

Number of Federal Cases Reported to US Sentencing Commission by Type, FY2012

"For the last four years, immigration cases have been the largest single type of federal offenses. This trend continued in fiscal year 2012, where immigration cases accounted for 32.2 percent of all federal cases, despite a decrease of 3,169 cases in the total number of immigration cases reported to the Commission. This decrease is the first since fiscal year 2006 and represents a 10.7 percent decrease in this type of case from the prior fiscal year.

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