In 2003, Maine legislators reduced the mandatory minimum sentence for murder from 25 to 20 years, and authorized courts to suspend other mandatory prison sentences altogether if they are found to create a “substantial injustice” and if doing so would not diminish the gravity of the offense nor endanger public safety.
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September 27, 2013
(Washington Times op-ed by Cara Sullivan, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)) — The Senate Judiciary Committee met on Sept. 18 to examine the efficacy of mandatory-minimum sentences and to discuss “safety-valve” policies that would increase judicial discretion, maximize the effectiveness of the criminal justice system and increase safety among the nation’s communities. Policymakers are correct to be concerned… Read more »