Mandatory Minimums: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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  • Published on:  Sunday, July 26, 2015
  • Mandatory minimums require fixed prison sentences for certain crimes. John Oliver explains why we treat some turkeys better than most low-level offenders.Connect with Last Week Tonight online..Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: our official site for all that other stuff at once:
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  • Mr. Mediocre Gamer

     3 years ago

    But if you let those prisoners out and get rid of mandatory minimum sentencing... Where are the private for profit prisons going to get their profits from? Have you thought of that? Huh? Why aren't you thinking of the multi million dollar profiteers of the prison system?

  • Unoriginal Basement Dweller

     3 days ago

    "multi million dollar profiteers of the prison system" THAT'S EXACTLY WHY WE AREN'T THINKING OF THEM

  • Animation :-/

     1 years ago


  • Sam H.

     3 years ago

    I'm just binge-watching John Oliver now. These videos are freaking fascinating.

  • Peter D

     1 months ago

    He is quite unique in the way he educates about very important topics with the right blend of laughs and seriousness.

  • Sai Amaru

     1 months ago

    Still doing it in 2019 although the topic was way old.

  • StariNight69

     3 years ago

    Prison should be more focused on helping the prisoners become law abiding productive citizens, instead of just throwing them in a cage.

  • Mr. Fox

     8 days ago

    DEPENDS, on what they've done.

  • Hail_Void

     15 days ago

    Did you know that in Sweden there was a computer glitch that freed all of the inmates? What they did is unbelievable.They baked cookies. I think they may have cleaned up the place too. When the computers started working again, there was no problem getting them back to their cells. I love Sweden. Sweden is awesome.

  • TheFushme

     2 years ago

    To anyone who wanted to know, both Weldon Angelos and Sharanda Jones have been released.

  • Dutch Van Helsing

     1 months ago

    Thank god

  • UnoriginallyInclined

     2 years ago

    Remember when we could say "who cares what Donald Trump said"

  • Chris Cheng

     13 days ago

    We were so young

  • Amellia Mendel

     18 days ago

    Awe, you do care what your President says

  • Joshua Thompson

     3 years ago

    I like how the way Obama speaks during the Turkey Pardon indicates how ridiculous he feels this is.

  • SCGunDog

     3 months ago

    @Sean Patrick Yeah, I'm sure Dubya is laughing in MQ-9 buzzing at these comments too.

  • UdoShan

     7 months ago

    @Sean Patrick yes, a LOT more ridiculous...

  • Sam Geuvenen

     3 years ago

    Life Without Parole is the kind of sentence that you get for PREMEDITATED MURDER. Or, apparently, for 5 oz of meth. Go figure.

  • Ricky

     18 hours ago

    @carlairving im lying i still do drugs. i lie all the time. lie lie lie

  • carlairving


    First, congratulations for having change your life.I'm with you, meth is extremely dangerous. It's just... I don't see what good long jail time would do him.

  • MegaKaitouKID1412

     2 years ago

    The real problem with that crap is that the prison system is creating criminals out of non-violent offenders. If they do get out, chances are they're a lot more hardened. Possibly part of a gang. Possibly unable to find a job and turn back to crime to keep themselves fed with a roof over their head.And then there's people like Brock Turner, who have committed violent crimes getting out in three months.

  • Beena Plumber

     16 days ago

    @MegaKaitouKID1412 - I can say you're right from first-hand experience. My dad was arrested and convicted of smuggling a small amount of mescaline in from Mexico and for burning his draft card - both non-violent crimes and both federal crimes, so he got a comparatively lengthy federal sentence in a prison about 1,200 miles from our home. (I got to visit him twice in total.) He went on to violent crimes after his release. He told me he learned how to properly case a joint before armed robbery, and how t...

  • Nic DeGrave

     3 months ago

    John Douglas (the guy who invented profiling and helped catch most of the big name monsters of the 20th century) laid that out in a way I can never forget. He said "Either you think prison is so great and helpful that the conditions will make a murderer, rapist, or thief change completely into a socialized, functional citizen, or you think it's so bad that it's going to make a murderer, rapist, or thief into a cowed, broken, forcibly reformed person who will never have the will to commit another c...

  • David Turner

     3 years ago

    We are the most punitive country on the planet. We imprison more of our own citizens than any third world dictatorship and place them under this huge societal and economic debt for what should be fairly minor infractions destroying entire families in the process. America land of the free, for those who can afford it. I love my country but it always seems to find new ways to disappoint me.

  • Max RV

     2 days ago

    @Austin Kamp Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Pinochet, Stroessner, Rios Montt, Chung-Hee, Videla... All were conservative, right wing dictators that killed millions and used death camps, concentration camps, death squads... The buffons of the right are always talking about the excesses of communism, but conservativism and anti-communism are guilty of things that rival with the worst of Mao, Stalin or Pol Pot.

  • Austin Kamp

     2 months ago

    @derrick Micheals you're going to have to clarify how right-wingers kill the world.

  • Guy Berryman

     3 years ago

    my dad missed my childhood cuz of this shit

  • metatron478

     13 days ago

    @Austin Kamp FUCK YOU

  • Dave Rodriguez

     27 days ago

    @QvsTheWorld the guy that got a lot of years for trafficking (tho small amounts) while armed should have known police treat those cases as organized crime, in all fairness people are dumb for not knowing that but a lot of them do ...I once told a drug dealer that dealt a few bags of $20 coke a day to ditch the gun in his car and I explained why, that he could get a crapload of years in prison just for having the gun ...he said oh alright thanks but months after he still had the gun ... some people c...