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August 2010 , Page 13 

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By Jack King; Ivan J. Dominguez

Board Condemns Canada's Proposed Mandatory Minimum Drug Law

NACDL urged the government of Canada to abandon efforts to establish mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses at its Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ont., Aug. 14. The Association’s Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution reiterating its long-held position that mandatory sentencing schemes waste lives, families and scarce public resources, and deprive the judicial branch of its inherent authority to fashion appropriate sentences that fit the offender and the offense.

The proposed Penalties for Organized Drug Crime Act, S-10, offers little help to serious drug addicts, instead proposing flawed drug treatment programs stressing abstinence that do little to prevent relapse.

“Until recently, a hallmark of the Canadian sentencing process had always been the judicial discretion to impose a sentence that is fit and just in the circumstances of a particular case,” Criminal Lawyers Association Presid

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