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Judicial Conscientious Objection

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In recent years, Congress and state legislatures have tried to crack down on crime and drugs by passing mandatory minimum sentencing laws. These policies, however, have led to prison overcrowding, a prison-building boom and no measurable positive effect on the drug problem. Some judges are beginning to protest these laws and are refusing to either hear drug cases or deliver such hard sentences. Judicial conscientious objection is being met with anger and rhetoric from the legislative and executive branches of government.

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