April 20, 2016 1:48PM

“She needed help, she didn’t need lockup.”

Today, our friends at Families Against Mandatory Minimums released a video documenting the case of Mandy Martinson. Mandy is one of the many non‐​violent drug offenders serving too long in federal prison. For her first, non‐​violent drug offense, Mandy was sentenced to 15 years.


To paraphrase FAMM’s Florida director and former Catoite Greg Newburn, mandatory minimums operate on the assumption that prosecutors are the best people to determine the sentence for a defendant…up until the point that prosecutor becomes a judge. 

All mandatory minimums should be repealed. Let the judges decide.