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During the nationwide get-tough-on-crime mood of the 1980s, Delaware legislators reined in judges’ sentencing authority on certain drug crimes, perceiving judges’ rulings to be often arbitrary, inconsistent, or too soft.

Two decades later, the mood and the policy priorities have changed—in Delaware and around the country.

Faced with the high prison costs and modern law-enforcement needs, the General Assembly is revisiting the state’s drug code and attempting another major overhaul of the penalties for drug sales and possession.

“I just see miracles all the time,” Dagsboro psychotherapist Lee Dogoloff says about his work with drug offenders in rehabilitation. “Not everybody makes it, but more make it than don’t make it.”

Efforts to revise drug laws can crash on the rocks of party politics and passionate views about how to deal with drug offenders. Proposals to provide alternative sentencing meet criticisms of coddling addicts or being soft on crime.

So in an election year, with political eddies around every corner, how did consensus coalesce around a bill to roll back mandatory minimum drug sentencing in Delaware?

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