Mandatory minimums set obligatory sentences for specified crimes without recognition for various unique elements of each case;
Mandatory minimums are inextricably linked with discriminatory foundations that targets specific marginalized populations, particularly the indigenous community;
Mandatory Minimum’s one-size-fits-all approach have detrimental effects on individuals, families, and the society at large; and
Some mandatory minimums have been ruled as unconstitutional across Canada.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to make it a priority to abolish mandatory minimums so the courts can operate in a fair criminal justice system, where sentences are customized, fair,and appropriate to the severity of each case.
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