Sentencing sanity is lacking
Dana Deegan gave birth to a baby boy, wrapped him in a blanket and then placed him in a crib in her trailer home with her three older children, and didn't return for two weeks. When she came back, the infant was dead. She is serving a 10-year prison sentence for second-degree murder. Her case is not only a tragedy; it's a symptom of a much bigger problem that is unnecessarily clogging our federal prisons due to harsh mandatory minimum sentences, at great cost to taxpayers.
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