Source: (2006) Howard Law Journal. 50:263.

This article will illustrate the harshness and ineffectiveness of drug sentencing guidelines and conspiracy laws applied to mothers and discuss the negative impact they have on their children. Female offenders are in a unique situation and would be better served with non-conventional alternative punishments that address the unique situation of mothers. This article will argue that the current conspiracy law and minimum sentencing laws are overly harsh on women and [*265] should be reformed, and suggests restorative justice as an alternative model. (excerpt)