I urge Sen. Jake Corman to vote “no” on HB 741, which aims to re-establish mandatory minimum sentences after they were found unconstitutional by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2015.
Furthermore, I am aware of no evidence that such sentences are effective in helping public safety.
What it would do is increase the prison population and thus the costs of prisons and the criminal justice system.
The estimate from the state Department of Corrections was that mandatory sentences would cost an additional $85.5 million per year.
Sen. Corman should vote against this unwise and costly bill.
Marjorie E. Nelson,