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For this assignment, imagine you are a staff member working for a US senator. The senator saw your presentation and has asked you for a report explaining how this situation came about.

In a 3 page Microsoft Word document cover these points:

Describe the legislative changes that affected the lengths of sentences being handed down. You should include:
Minimum mandatory sentences
Truth-in-Sentencing laws
Three Strikes laws
Sentencing guidelines
Sentencing enhancements
How have these legislative changes affected the prison population in the United States?
Are the truth-in-sentencing laws and three-strike laws good innovations? Are there any drawbacks to these laws? Specifically, consider the impact of these laws on the safety of police and correctional officers.
Support your responses with examples.

Cite any sources in APA format.

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https://definitions.uslegal.com/t/truth-in-sentencing/

For this assignment, imagine you are a staff member working for a US senator. The senator saw your presentation and has asked you for a report explaining how this situation came about.
In a 3 page Microsoft Word document cover these points:
Describe the legislative changes that affected the lengths of sentences being handed down. You should include:
Minimum mandatory sentences

Minimum mandatory sentences have been disastrous for minorities who are targeted by the criminal justice system for drug offenses wherein they are required to serve mandatory sentences despite the circumstances of the case. This emanated from the so-called war on drugs, which allowed these unscrupulous and racist laws to target primarily African American and Hispanic offenders during the so-called crack epidemic. Congress enacted mandatory sentences for crack cocaine wherein a person in federal court caught with 5 grams of crack cocaine would receive a mandatory sentence of 5 years in prison while someone would have ...

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The expert describes the legislative changes that affect the lengths of sentences being handed down.

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