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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
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