Doug Peterson

Nebraska Attorney General

Reduction of Mandatory Minimum Sentences Sends the Wrong Message

Attorney General Doug Peterson said, “Today’s vote to advance Senator Chambers’ LB447, which will reduce certain mandatory minimum sentences, sends the wrong message to those who intend to manufacture or distribute heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine in Nebraska.  Currently, those individuals would be looking at a mandatory minimum sentence of three or five years depending on drug quantity.  If LB447 is passed, a drug dealer could be sentenced to simple probation.  With drug use on the rise, and the heroin epidemic developing around the country, this is the wrong message for the lawmakers to send to heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine dealers.”