On Thursday September 29. 2011, in an editorial entitled “ An Invitation to Overreach”, the New York Times joins the American Bar Association, the Judicial Conference of the United States , and every major organization focusing on criminal justice in opposing mandatory minimum sentences. The Times stated the rise in mandatory minimum sentences has damaged the integrity of the justice system , reduced the role of judges in meting out punishment, and has increased the power of prosecutors beyond their proper role.
The Times further opined that mandatory minimum sentence laws should be repealed as they have proved to be disastrous across the country. Increasing the prison population without increasing public safety, shifting the system’s attention away from the question of guilt or innocence, and the disproportionate impact on minorities, are all cited as reasons to repeal such legislation.