Making the Empirical Case to end Mandatory Minimums

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Course Description

This program was recorded on October 10, 2019

We will discuss why the theories and beliefs in favor of mandatory minimums regarding DUIs in Colorado are empirically false and the justifications for mandatory minimums a result of political process that have largely ignored public desire disfavoring incarceration. The empirical falsities in this area of law can serve as a basis for undoing mandatory jail time and have in fact twice led to sentences below a mandatory minimum. 



  • Matt Greife
    Matthew Greife is a professor of crime, law and deviance at Colorado State University and a practicing criminal defense attorney in Colorado state and federal courts. As a researcher Matthew is primarily focused on punishment and social control and has published in journals such as Crime, Law and Social Change, Criminal Law Bulletin and Criminal Justice Policy Review.

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      • 2 General Credits
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    1. Know your history - why we even have Mandatory Minimums
    2. The political processes that created DUI Mandatory Minimums
    3. Government arguments for jail and why they fail empirically
    4. Racial bias still exists in Mandatory punishment schemes
    5. The hypocrisy of the government’s definition and use of the word “shall”
    6. Tying it all together: Making the argument to avoid a mandatory sentence

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