Fifteen Years for Seven Shotgun Shells?!

Post Date: July 26, 2013

AMM’s Mary Price has a thought-provoking piece over at Main Justice that is definitely worth a read. In it, she examines the Department of Justice’s recent (and promising) letter to the U.S. Sentencing Commission in light of the prosecution and sentencing of Edward Young, a father of four serving 15 years in prison for possessing seven shotgun shells.

In the blink of an eye, Mr. Young, a penny-ante local burglar was transformed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office into a federal armed career felon … A federal sentence that would likely not have exceeded 16 months under the federal Sentencing Guidelines became 180 months by dint of the ACCA mandatory minimum.

Read on: Over-Incarceration and the Prosecution of Edward Young.

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