Mandatory Sentencing

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Proposed Law Would Revise Sentencing for Oxycodone Trafficking

    A limited but significant revision of sentencing guidelines for certain nonviolent drug crimes will be taken up by the Florida Senate this week. Another crack in the wall of Stone Age attitudes about drugs and criminal justice -- even here in Florida -- the proposal has bipartisan support and a chan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Drugs in South Florida: Sensible Laws Ahead?

    If the second time is a charm, Florida may soon take steps toward enlightened drug policy. For the upcoming legislative session in Tallahassee, proposals that were introduced but died stillborn last year have been revived, and with bipartisan support. One would rewrite mandatory minimum sentencing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Palm Beach Hat Trick: Judges in Chains; School Workers Rally; Dirty Campaign Dust-Up

    We tried to get some comment this week from the attorneys representing Palm Beach Circuit Court Judge Barry Cohen, a famously outspoken liberal who's facing some of the most transparently bogus ethics charges ever to go before the Florida Supreme Court. No dice. Neither Scott Richardson nor Don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Florida Federal Judges Inconsistent on Drug Sentences

    ​Judges in Florida's Northern and Middle districts have some of the widest variations in the country when it comes to sentencing folks on federal drug charges, according to new data from Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a group affiliated with Syracuse University's l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    ICE Chief Anthony Mangione Indicted in Federal Court on Kiddie-Porn Charges

    ​Update: Mangione pleaded not guilty to all counts. He "showed no emotion" in court, according to the Miami Herald. The head law enforcement official for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in South Florida, Anthony Mangione, has been indicted in federal court on counts of transporting, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Families Against Mandatory Minimums Hopes to Change Sentencing Laws in Florida

    ​As the law stands right now in Florida, if you're caught with a bottle of pain pills, you'll face the same sentence as someone charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. That's 25 years in prison, with no parole, the mandatory minimum sentence.But since Gov. Rick Scott announced his p ... More >>