The amount of time one serves in prison as a result of their punishment determined by a court has and always will be a concern for America's legal policies. An example of this concern can be directed towards the fact that tens of thousands of people who have been serving prison terms for "drug trafficking" will be released before their actual sentences end. In fact these sentences are being cut by "an average of 2 years." This change is a result for the severe over population in prisons along with the actual expense for their upkeep.
Some people believe that this is early releasing of said prisoners is more beneficial than damaging to the community. Julie Stewart, president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, stated 'people have been over-punished for decades.' The Justice Department said that "there is no evidence" that proves inmates in prison for longer periods of times affect the chances of their returning to prison.
The class has recently reviewed the judicial system and the process of cases making their way up to the Supreme Court. Taking into account the complexity of the American legal system, it is hard to determine the punishment for breaking said law. Not to mention the difficulty in determining what is constitutional or unconstitutional.
As a response to the prison sentences being shortened, do you think this will have a major impact on US policies regarding drug trafficking. Will this have any significant impact on American society. Is the punishment for drug trafficking too extreme?