The New Move to Amend Mandatory Minimum Sentences


Photo: Sam Howzit

Gavel statue at the Ohio Judicial Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio.



With prisons facing overcrowding and large racial disparities among inmates, a new move is afoot to amend mandatory minimum sentences. This hour, we’ll examine the history and effectiveness of mandatory minimum sentencing and look at who is behind the movement to amend this system and where it might be headed.


  • Douglas A. Berman, professor at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State
  • Mike Ramos, district attorney for San Bernadino County, California
  • Robert Holmes Bell, U.S. District Court judge

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