I know that in America the justice system isn't perfect. But we can't turn a blind eye and say "that's just the way it is".
There are people incarcerated in prison for 20, 30, 40 years and even life due to mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws.
There are innocent people who have been convicted of drug trafficking and conspiracy simply for living in a house or being in a car with or in the company of (unbeknownst to them) someone who was actually involved in trafficking and conspiracy.
There are innocent people who have been unjustly convicted and incarcerated under mandatory minimum sentences because they refused to admit guilt (they were not involved) and the guilty parties pointed their fingers at these individuals in an effort to make deals with prosecutors for lesser sentences.
There are people who are addicted to prescription and non-prescription drugs who are sentenced in long prison terms for their addiction instead of being sent to rehab.
Mandatory minimums allow ZERO discretion for judges. Judges need discretion because every case is DIFFERENT!!!