House endorses allowing judges to ease some mandatory minimum drug sentences

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After a stormy debate, the Idaho House voted 46-20 on Monday to ease some of the state’s mandatory minimum drug sentences in cases where a judge finds imposing them would be a “manifest injustice” and there’s no danger to society. “We are not condoning drugs – we have to make that very, very clear here,” Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa, told the House. But she said Idaho’s current mandatory minimum sentence laws define an offense as “drug trafficking” based solely on possession of certain quantities of specific drugs – and require lengthy prison terms even for first offenders and those who only had the drugs for personal use. Rep. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise, who is cosponsoring the bipartisan bill with Perry, said, “Under our current law, all that matters is...

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House endorses allowing judges to ease some mandatory minimum drug sentences

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