a few nights ago, i was watching 60 minutes and they were talking to this guy that, in his senior year in college, was arrested for selling 18 grand worth of coke.... it was his FIRST offense... first arrest, for ANYTHING... and guess what he got in the state of michigan? LIFE... all because of a shitty mandatory minimum. he DID end up getting out after 30 ish years because of a flaw in the evidence (during an appeal) and changing laws there in MI... but the dude was saying that he saw all KINDS of violent offenders get out before him... including adult men that had raped little boys. mandatory minimums suck... just think of making ONE MISTAKE.. like he did, and say you're 20 years old... you're live being OVER. being in prison until DEATH. doesnt that seem a bit harsh to anyone? but yeah, mandatory minimums are everywhere...and they are NOT fair. someone that does something when they are 20, does NOT need to pay when they are 60.... esp. if they didnt kill someone. such bullshit. so, if anyone cares, do something about it.