Today the U.S. Senate (
) held a hearing on the Effectiveness of Federal Mandatory Minimum
Sentences. Washington, D.C.
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
http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=d3ddc8eaa9b9f780d5af0a554e5fcf98 and then on webcast.
The video runs for 1 hour 35 minutes.
Today’s Hearing Written Statements/Testimony
- Chairman and Senator Patrick Leahy’s Open Statement http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/pdf/9-18-13LeahyStatement.pdf
- Marc Levin, Policy Director Right on Crime : http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/pdf/9-18-13LevinTestimony.pdf
- Brett Tolman: http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/pdf/9-18-13TolmanTestimony.pdf
- Senator Rand Paul: http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/pdf/9-18-13PaulTestimony.pdf
- Mr. Scott Burns, Executive Director, National District Attorneys Association http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/pdf/9-18-13BurnsTestimony.pdf
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
where a college professor spent 45
minutes on one website with child pornography and he was facing 140 years in
Mr. Tolman’s written/oral statement from today’s hearing was excellent!