Khadraoui, N. (2019). Comparing the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 to the Boggs Act of 1951 and the Narcotic Control Act of 1956 in levels of severity. The Young Researcher, 3 (1), 116-128.
The first mandatory minimums for narcotics were the Boggs Act of 1951 and the Narcotic Control Act of 1956 created due to increasing drug abuse rates. In 1970 Congress repealed the laws stating that they were too harsh and ineffective. Sixteen years later the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, a new mandatory minimum, was passed. I conducted a content analysis comparing the severity of sentencing from the aforementioned laws to establish if Congress repeated the same policy. I ran a chi-square test for homogeneity and found that the laws were dissimilar in severity. My results showed that the laws of the 1980s were more severe compared to the 1950s, which supports that Congress overlooked its prior findings concerning mandatory minimums and repeated the ineffectiveness of previous laws on a larger scale. This research supplements the larger body of work that indicates that the Anti-Drug Abuse Act is inadequate.
Keywords: The Boggs Act of 1951, The Narcotic Control Act of 1956, The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, mandatory minimums