Elimination of Mandatory Drug Sentences in Massachusetts

Law markers held the view that it would be effective in dealing with the drug kingpins in Massachusetts. As of today, it is imperative to note that this theory did not succeed to its bare minimum. Indeed, according to FAMM (1), it has been noted that instead of Kingpins, this sentencing has ended up putting the low-level couriers behind bars. Addicts, on the other hand, have not been spared. In a nutshell, this has resulted in the state correctional facilities being filled to capacity while the Kingpins continue to operate at will. Consequently, this has become a burden too much to bear by the taxpayers.Statistics, on the other hand, indicate that the use and demand for drugs within Massachusetts has been on a steady increase. Simply put, the use of minimum sentencing has only served to be effective among the low-level users and sellers of drugs. Indeed, the use of this mode of sentencing has been cited to be harsh to this group yet it was to deal with the established personnel in the drug business. At this point, one can not stop and wonder why these laws were introduced in the first place. As is stated by FAMM (1). Massachusetts mandatory sentences impose an imprisonment term ranging between 3 for 14 grams of heroin or cocaine and 15 years for 200 grams of the said drugs for the first time offender. Of importance to note is the fact that this drug weight is actually composed of the total amount of the respective drug as well ant other substance with which it might be combined with. On a positive rejoinder, these laws have given the prosecutors so much power that they determine the sentence since they are charged with the responsibility of determining the charge. Massachusetts has a drug-free zone law which carries an additional and mandatory two-year sentence which is usually served together with the other sentence. This is aggravated by the fact that this law normally takes precedence even if minors have not been involved.