Challenging mandatory minimums

Pivot released its comprehensive report on the harms and social costs of mandatory minimum sentences in Throwing Away the Keys, published in 2013 following the introduction of the Safe Streets and Communities Act. Since then, Pivot has led and intervened in several successful challenges to the laws, including the successful 2015 Supreme Court of Canada cases R v Nur and R v Charles. In those cases, the Court found mandatory minimums to be disproportionate punishment. In 2016, Pivot intervened in the Supreme Court case R v Lloyd, leading to the Court striking down a drug-related provision in the law.