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30-Year Mandatory Minimum Sentence Proposed For Heroin Distribution In La.

30-Year Mandatory Minimum Sentence Proposed For Heroin Distribution In La.

The coroner of East Baton Rouge Parish is asking lawmakers to drastically increase prison sentences for people convicted of distributing the highly addictive drug heroin. The move comes after a recent surge of heroin overdoses in south Louisiana.

The Advocate reports Dr. Beau Clark has drafted a tentative proposal to raise the mandatory minimum sentence for dealing heroin to 30 years, a push he described as a compromise between the life sentences once in place and the five-year minimum on the books.

Clark, who has become increasingly outspoken on public health matters, is among a growing chorus of local authorities who blame the resurgence of heroin on a 2001 law that jettisoned life sentences for heroin distributors.

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