On the Record

The Ohio State law faculty offers insights and analysis on a variety of pressing legal issues in the news cycle. We share their latest through our On the Record blog. Quotes are available for journalists to use.

Berman talks tough on mandatory minimums

Professor Douglas A. Berman has been writing about the need to review federal mandatory minimum prison terms for years on his Sentencing Law and Policy blog. So you just knew he would have plenty to say in reaction to the comments Attorney General Eric Holder made to the American Bar Association and his description of such mimimums as “excessive” and “draconian.”

In an op-ed today in the Los Angeles Times, Berman explains why Holder’s recommended changes don’t go far enough.

Here’s a sampling to whet appetites: “The new charging policy that Holder unveiled — in which federal prosecutors won’t routinely include in indictments the amount of drugs seized, so as not to trigger mandatory minimum sentences in some cases — is not especially bold or sweeping. And other important reforms haven’t even been discussed.”