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    Innocent people can fold under threat of mandatory minimums

    Re “Repeal mandatory minimum drug sentences” (Editorial, June 7): How many innocent people plead guilty to avoid the chance of a long mandatory sentence? No matter how weak the evidence, a small chance of a long unjust sentence can coerce a guilty plea.

    All protections of a fair trial are useless if prosecutors can coerce defendants to give them up.

    Mandatory sentences greatly undermine confidence in the justice system.

    Ilya Shlyakhter

    Cambridge