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Define “mandatory minimum sentences” and “sentencing guidelines.”

Define “mandatory minimum sentences” and “sentencing guidelines.” Referencing resource materials, explain why we have mandatory minimum sentences and sentencing guidelines; what purpose do they serve? State your opinion as to whether mandatory minimum sentences help or hinder judicial efficiency and defend your position by explaining why and how they do so.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
 Definition: Define “mandatory minimum sentences” and “sentencing guidelines.”
 Purpose: Referencing your textbook and resource materials, explain why we have mandatory minimum sentences and sentencing guidelines. What
purpose do they serve?
 Opinion: State your opinion as to whether mandatory minimum sentences help or hinder judicial efficiency and defend your position by explaining why
and how they do so.
Guidelines for Submission: Your short paper must be submitted as a two-page Microsoft Word document with double spacing, 12-point Times New
Roman font, one-inch margins, and at least three sources cited in APA format.
*here are the resources*
https://www.heritage.org/crime-and-justice/report/reconsidering-mandatory-minimum-sentences-the-arguments-and-against

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https://www1.law.umkc.edu/suni/CrimLaw/fed_sent_guide.htm