Last Sunday episode of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver was about the Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws.
John higlihted that President Barack Obama freed dozen of nonviolent offenders earlier this month to draw attention to the harsh and often unfair sentences given under mandatory minimum sentencing rules for drug offenders.
“Ridiculously long sentences are not a great deterrent to crime. Prison sentences are a lot like penises: If they’re used correctly, even a short one can do the trick,” Oliver said, quickly adding, “…is a rumor I have heard.”
“He got a life sentence for 3 ounces of meth. That is insane,” Oliver said. “They’re treating him like he’s [“Breaking Bad”] season five Walter White, when he’s barely episode one Jesse Pinkman.”