Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

March 10, 2014

The Honorable Patrick Leahy
Committee on the Judiciary
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Charles Grassley
Ranking Member
Committee on the Judiciary
152 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley:

I am writing on behalf of the more than 26,000 members of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) regarding the preservation of current Mandatory Minimum Sentencing.

Federal law enforcement is an occupation that is absolutely unique in the ranks of the federal government, and the federal law enforcement officer has no counterpart in the private sector. Indeed, no other employee in the federal service is routinely asked to put their lives on the line to protect our Nation from terrorists and criminals. It is one of the most stressful, most dangerous, and most rewarding careers for those who meet the rigorous requirements of the job.

It is with great concern that FLEOA views any action or attempt by the Senate Judiciary Committee that would alter or eliminate the current federal sentencing policy regarding mandatory minimum sentencing. The mandatory minimum sentencing standard currently in place is essential to public safety and that of our membership.

Put simply, any change in the mandatory minimum sentencing standard does a disservice to the brave men and women who are asked to put their lives on the line to protect us from terrorists and criminals. Currently, the system in place allows federal law enforcement agents to infiltrate and dismantle largeā€scale drug trafficking organizations and to take violent armed career criminals off of the street. In turn, this allows progression up the scale of criminal organizations from low-level subject to higher ranking members through the effect of the mandatory minimum sentencing act.

FLEOA vigorously opposes any legislative attempt to strip federal law enforcement officers of their ability to perform their duties, diminish the ability of agencies to continue to infiltrate and dismantle criminal organizations, or otherwise negatively impact the mission of federal law enforcement.

On behalf of the membership of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, we will continue to stringently oppose any actions by Congress that lessens the ability of our Citizenship to remain safe and secure and jeopardizes the ability of Federal Law Enforcement Officers to continue to perform their sworn duties to protect them. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further discussion on this important issue.


Frank Terreri
National Vice President for Legislative Affairs