Laws Requiring Minimum Sentences For Certain Crimes Have Become Increasingly Popular, And The Most Frequently Applied Of These Mandatory Minimums Are Those Pertaining To Drug Offenders Proponents And Opponents Of Mandatory Minimums Generally Argue Over Issues Of Punishment, Deterrence, Justice, And Fairness The Authors Of The Current Study Examine Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences From The Viewpoint Of Cost Effectiveness At Achieving Such National Drug Control Objectives As Reducing Cocaine Consumption And Cocaine Related Crime They Conduct Their Analysis With The Help Of Mathematical Models Estimating The Response Of Cocaine Supply And Demand To Changes In Levels Of Enforcement And Treatment The Authors Find That A Million Dollars Spent Extending Sentences To Mandatory Minimum Lengths Would Reduce Cocaine Consumption Less Than Would A Million Dollars Spent On The Pre Mandatory Minimum Mix Of Arrests, Prosecution, And Sentencing Neither Would Reduce Cocaine Consumption Or Cocaine Related Crime As Much As Spending A Million Dollars Treating Heavy Users These Conclusions Are Robust To Changes In Various Assumptions Underlying The Analysis.
- 193 pages
- Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences: Throwing Away the Key or the Taxpayers' Money?
- Jonathan P. Caulkins
- 01 November 2019 Jonathan P. Caulkins