A 5-minute sentence hearing and you're no longer free

from Yasiin Bey – Mathematics Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Mos points out the fact that just 5 minutes can take away the rest of your life as a free person

Drug sentencing is often particularly stark because of “statutory minimum sentences”, which take away the freedom of the judge to assign lenient sentences when appropriate — statutory minimums try to turn jurisprudence into mathematics (bad move!)

Also, there’s absolutely no leeway in drug charges. The hearings are essentially “Did you use?” “Yes.” And, boom, jail as opposed to doing something good like sending them to rehab.

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