Tougher laws?


The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that states may impose life in prison without parole on people convicted of possessing large amounts of drugs, even on first-time offenders. Maryland's stiffest penalty for drug dealing is 40 years in prison without the chance of parole, a penalty given four-time repeat offenders.

Do you agree with the Supreme Court's stand? Do you think Maryland should have a tougher sentencing law?

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