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Mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses to end

Original post made on Oct 6, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 5 signed a bill that ends mandatory minimum jail sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 12:50 PM

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Posted by Julian Guiterrez
a resident of another community
on Oct 6, 2021 at 4:10 pm

Julian Guiterrez is a registered user.

This program will not work over the long haul. It is potentially too expensive & the actual percentage of reformed substance abusers will not be significant as old habits are oftentimes hard to break.

It takes serious willpower and most substance abusers do not possess this trait.

SB73 will also remand more homeless meth and fentanyl addicts to the streets and many will not even bother to show up for or complete their required diversion programs.

Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2021 at 6:34 am

felix is a registered user.

I welcome this change in direction. Our incarceration rates in state and country are unsupportable morally and a waste financially.

Mandatory minimum sentencing is bad policy and the more we eliminate it the better for justice to be realized.

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