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Mandatory Minimum Sentences and Age of Culpability Change in ND

By March 14, 2019 No Comments

Gov. Doug Burgum recently signed “legislation removing mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug crimes,” reports the Grand Forks Herald. The bill gets rid of minimum requirements “for second and subsequent offenses for manufacturing or delivering controlled substances” and thus gives judges more discretion in sentencing. This “bipartisan legislation furthers criminal justice reform efforts” already being made in ND and in many other parts of the country. Burgum also signed a different bill “raising the age of criminal culpability from 7 to 10 years old.” Now children younger than 10 years old will be deemed “incapable of committing a crime.”