Mandatory Sentencing Laws?

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    As a matter of principle, I oppose all mandatory sentencing laws (not just hate crime laws). I do quite simply because every crime is unique and as such, they should all be considered on a case by case basis (no pun intended). Mandatory sentencing laws take judgement away from judges and justice out of the hands of justices.

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    Mandatory sentencing laws go both ways. They can help ensure consistency, reduce the power of bargaining, and prevent ludicrously lax or long sentences, as well as presenting problems in individual scenarios.
     
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    They don't work. A proper sentencing policy derived from carefully crafted legislation that takes into account the purposes and various forms of punishment is much better. Mandatory sentencing can do a lot of harm, a person can be imprisoned for an act which, of itself, doesn't warrant imprisonment. That's not justice.
     
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    I'm confused. The part I bolded sounds an awful lot like a carefully crafted euphamism for mandatory sentencing laws.
     
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    IMO, defending mandatory sentencing laws on the grounds that they do "some" good is analogous to defending government encroachment on the Bill of Rights on the grounds that more terrorists will be caught and if you ain't doing anything wrong you ain't got nuttin to worry about. In short, it's bullshit.
     
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    :lol:

    I remember when you argued the other side of these laws.
     
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    By "mandatory sentencing" I assumed - could be my error - that you were referring to mandatory imprisonment. But since you didn't use that phrase then I think it might be my mistake.

    In my defence, sentencing is always mandatory, it's a function of a court. The choice of punishment is also the function of a court and it's that I was focused on. Bloody tunnel vision :lol:
     
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    Never, ever you lying turd. :evil:
     
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    Seriously? That other manifold wasn't you?

    I don't believe you.
     
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    It was probably you. :lol:

    Seriously Ravi, I've never ever argued for mandory sentencing. So you've either got me compeletely mixed up with someone else, or you're being intentionally dishonest. But that's for you to know and for me to not give a shit. :)
     

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