Opinion: Broad support exists for ending mandatory minimums in Virginia

First, those who champion mandatory minimums often say that the mere threat of receiving a lengthy prison sentence will deter most people from committing crimes. Can you name three crimes that carry a mandatory minimum sentence in Virginia and what the minimum penalties are? If you can, you are in a very small minority. The average person, including those committing crimes, has no idea which offenses carry mandatory minimum prison terms.

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