Should Abuse As A Child Be Considered In Sentencing Drug Defendants?

For some people, the introduction to drug abuse comes from self medication based upon child or sexual abuse. How should a judge consider that aspect of a defendant’s history in sentencing? There are some very interesting sentencing remarks from the District Court of New South Wales in Australia. The defendant in the case pleaded guilty to drug supply. The judge cited academic and social science research on the impact of domestic violence as a child. The judge then concluded that the defendant was less culpable and a prison sentence was not justified.

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