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An inmate’s story highlights need for mandatory minimum drug sentencing reform

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Florida’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws are working as planned, putting thousands of people behind bars for an extended period in the wake of the state’s devastating opioid epidemic. While these measures aim to be tough on crime, they also come with a host of unintended consequences, including prison overcrowding, high costs and disproportionate punishment that often ruins the lives of nonviolent offenders battling drug addiction. Consider Kenneth Miller, serving 12 years at Lawtey Correctional Institute, to be followed by 10…

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