PAUL: The madness of mandatory minimums

Many lives have been ruined by laws barring judges’ discretion in sentencing

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I look forward to working with the White House to advance my Justice Safety Valve Act (S. 619), which would permanently restore justice by preserving judicial discretion in federal cases. I introduced this legislation in March with Mr. Leahy as a bipartisan legislative fix to the very problem Mr. Holder now addresses.

We must work hard in a bipartisan fashion to change these laws. Mandatory minimum sentencing has already done enough damage to enough Americans. Judges can determine fair justice far better than any inane federal mandate.

It is now our responsibility to work together to protect the next generation from this madness.

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Homeland Security committees.

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