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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

U.S Senate Committee on the Judiciary September 18, 2013 Public Hearing Reevaluating the Effectiveness of Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentences

 
Today the U.S. Senate (Washington, D.C.) held a hearing on the Effectiveness of Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentences. 

Previously the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary has held two hearings this year (June 14 and July 19) on the Over-Criminalization of America which is closely related to Mandatory Minimum Sentences.

  • June 14, 2013 House Hearing you can watch the video of the hearing and read the written testimony from the Chairman and the invited speakers. 
  • July 19, 2013 House Hearing you can watch the video of the hearing and read the written testimony from the invited speakers. 
If you chose to watch today’s (September 18th) Senate webcast you can click below

The video runs for 1 hour 35 minutes. 

Today’s Hearing Written Statements/Testimony

Invited Speakers

The main push at the Federal level with the Over-Criminalization of America and the elimination of Mandatory Minimum has been for drug convictions. 

So far no national group has taken a public stand to reform the Federal sentences for viewing or sharing child pornography images. Viewing and downloading free on-line images have resulted in prison sentences of a 100+ years whereas being the person who commits the abuse, produces the image and/or sells the image for money faces a much lower sentence. In 2009 there was a case here in Virginia where a college professor spent 45 minutes on one website with child pornography and he was facing 140 years in prison.  

Mr. Tolman’s written/oral statement from today’s hearing was excellent!