Research at a Glance: Mandatory Minimum Penalties

Research at a Glance: Mandatory Minimum Penalties In general, Canadians are not supportive of the current mandatory minimum penalties (MMPs) regime and prefer a more individualized approach to sentencing. We also found: Most Canadians indicated that they have a low to moderate level of knowledge of MMPs (52% low and 28% moderate). Over three quarters (77%) of Canadians believed that in general, applying the same minimum sentence to all offenders who are convicted of the same offence is now fair and appropriate. Only 16% of Canadians believed MMPs lead to fair sentences. 2018-11-22 Department of Justice Canada open_Government@justice.gc.ca LawPersonsProcessesSociety and CultureJustice systemResearchConsultationsLegal issuesJudgesCriminal justice systemConvictions Mandatory Minimum PenaltiesHTML https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/jr/rg-rco/2018/mar02.html Mandatory Minimum PenaltiesPDF https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/jr/rg-rco/2018/mar02.pdf Mandatory Minimum PenaltiesPDF https://www.justice.gc.ca/fra/pr-rp/jr/rco-rg/2018/mar02.pdf Mandatory Minimum PenaltiesHTML https://www.justice.gc.ca/fra/pr-rp/jr/rco-rg/2018/mar02.html

In general, Canadians are not supportive of the current mandatory minimum penalties (MMPs) regime and prefer a more individualized approach to sentencing.

We also found:

Most Canadians indicated that they have a low to moderate level of knowledge of MMPs (52% low and 28% moderate).

Over three quarters (77%) of Canadians believed that in general, applying the same minimum sentence to all offenders who are convicted of the same offence is now fair and appropriate. Only 16% of Canadians believed MMPs lead to fair sentences.

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