Today’s Washington Post has a good article by Eric E. Sterling and Julie Stewart: Undo This Legacy of Len Bias’s Death.
One result was the innocuous-sounding Narcotics Penalties and Enforcement Act, which became the first element of the enormous Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, hurried to the floor a little over two months after Bias’s death. But the effect of the penalties and enforcement legislation was to put back into federal law the kind of clumsy mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses that had been done away with 16 years before. And there they remain, 20 years and several hundred thousand defendants later.
For those who missed it, here’s my article on Len Bias.