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In our state, the mandatory minimum sentence for a gun crime is ten years.
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  • In our state, the mandatory minimum sentence for a gun crime is ten years.
  • Attendance at the meeting is mandatory for all employees.
  • Everyone on the student council had to attend—it was mandatory.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  •   "And the drugs alone would result in a serious sentence, I believe."
      He nodded. "Minimum mandatory—fifteen years to life."
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly

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  • The death sentence is mandatory in this case.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • Usually we only watch when it’s mandatory, because the mixture of propaganda and displays of the Capitol’s power—including clips from seventy-four years of Hunger Games—is so odious.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The thought of being left to my prep team’s fashion whims only adds to the miseries competing for my attention—my abused body, my lack of sleep, my mandatory marriage, and the terror of being unable to satisfy President Snow’s demands.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • "Mandatory community service" seemed like hypocrisy, but Benedetti cared more about attendance lists than philosophy.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Science is mandatory, and everybody gets assigned lab partners.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • I’d been so sweet and doting just last night, at my mandatory meeting in our pretend fort.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • Even though she’d attended every party, formal, and mandatory meeting, she couldn’t buy into the whole "sisterhood will change your life" ethos, nor did she believe that "being a Chi Omega will bestow lifelong benefits."
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Kile looked better than usual thanks to the mandatory makeover, but he was still an annoying little bookworm.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Keep an eye on the InnerCircle feed in particular, because that’s where you’ll hear about staff meetings, mandatory gatherings, and any breaking news.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I did love her, of course, but mostly just because loving your mom is mandatory, not because she was someone I think I’d like very much if I met her walking down the street.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • I was in a whole new world, one where "conspiracy charges" and "mandatory minimum sentencing" would determine my fate.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Pennsylvania sentencing law was inflexible: For those convicted of second-degree murder, mandatory life imprisonment without the possibility of parole was the only sentence.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • In the beginning, Travis and Gabby spent the mandatory holidays in Savannah and Gabby always came home stressed; once their daughters were born, Gabby finally told her parents she wanted to start her own holiday traditions and that while she would love to see them, her parents would have to come to Beaufort.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • "From four to fifteen single lashes and mandatory expulsion from the University," Lorren recited.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Practice sessions are mandatory.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • Then we’re on a mandatory run to see how fit you are.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Strong swimming skills were mandatory and leashes were not used.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • At Rhone River I take my twenty-four hour mandatory layover.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • Membership in the State Youth becomes mandatory.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • She told me that when the cure was first made mandatory, some people tried to escape over the border.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • She’s passed the mandatory age.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "There’s a mandatory evacuation.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: Hurricane Katrina, 2005
  • First Friday attendance is mandatory, unless you are, like my sister, an "essential laborer."
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • He looked down at his watch—it was a full hour past his mandatory waking time.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • A minimum of five years in the business is mandatory for such a job.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Attendance is mandatory unless you are on death’s door.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Tutoring was mandatory.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Lindsey was suffering the mandatory presence in the family room that all holidays required.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Possession with the intent to distribute was a charge of a completely different magnitude—with serious mandatory sentences.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • A customs official was to be waiting for the plane at the hangar to expedite the mandatory documentation and luggage check.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • All this mandatory love-at-first-sight was completely sickening!
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Third-year mandatory review indicates Personnel $2222 acted within existing policies of Agency Basic Procedures.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • It’s not mandatory.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • People were afraid to take in a Jew; after all, the death penalty was mandatory for the offence.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • As long as the dispute didn’t involve Alex personally, it was perfectly legal-in fact, mandatory-for her to try the case.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Henceforth, if one aspired to be considered a member of the Himalayan elite, eschewing bottled oxygen was mandatory.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • After the initial mandatory no and the required amount of begging from the kids, especially Kate, Mack finally gave in, reminding them once again of the rules of canoe safety and conduct.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Before them, a table was laid out, candles and the mandatory cigar and bottle of rum.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • They are relatively few in number, since the school district’s mandatory 2.0 grade point average for athletic participation is too high a bar for many kids here to cross.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • This was the one mandatory, essential act that must precede the terrible decision to use the weapons.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • No television was allowed during study hours, and bedtime was mandatory at ten P.M., which none of them liked very much.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • Babette said, "Did you get the impression they were only making a suggestion or was it a little more mandatory, do you think?"
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • This was an observance the authorities considered mandatory.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • "This is not mandatory," she says.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • ’The dim lights of the house were mandatory, and the paintings appreciated in full, added to almost nightly when some vampire brought a new engraving or picture by a contemporary artist into the house.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Here, P.E. was mandatory all four years.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
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