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Title: Impact of the New Drug Trafficking Law on the Delaware Criminal Justice System
Corporate Author: Delaware Statistical Analysis Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Delaware Statistical Analysis Ctr
Dover, DE 19901
Sale Source: Delaware Statistical Analysis Ctr
410 Federal Street, Suite 6
Dover, DE 19901
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: SB142, the new drug trafficking law of July 1989, was analyzed with respect to its impact on drug cases, mandatory sentencing, and the need for extra detention and prison space to house additional offenders in Delaware.
Abstract: The law lowered the mandatory sentencing thresholds for drug trafficking. The threshold for the smallest mandatory sentence (3 years) was lowered from 15 grams to 5 grams of an illicit drug under the assumption that as little as 5 grams would involve drug trafficking rather than the lesser charge of drug delivery or drug possession. The analysis revealed that the new law caused the number of drug trafficking cases to almost double. However, the law did not cause a diversion of drug trafficking cases to weights just below 5 grams. The law may have contributed to a reduction in drug trafficking in Delaware; unlike nondrug trafficking felony and misdemeanor cases, drug trafficking cases have been declining since the second quarter of 1990. The law increased the need for space in correctional facilities. In the 4th quarter of 1990, about 13 extra detention beds and about 356 extra prison beds were needed. Figures and tables
Main Term(s): Grants or contracts
Index Term(s): Byrne program evaluation; Delaware; Drug laws; Drug Policy; Federal aid; Legislative impact; Mandatory Sentencing
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