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Monday, August 12, 2013

Holder Moves Against Mandatory Minimums

Posted by Eli Sanders on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM

As mentioned in Good Morning News: With federal prisons running 40 percent above capacity, and the United States now home to 25 percent of all prisoners held in the entire world, Attorney General Eric Holder is announcing today that something needs to change:

In a major shift in criminal justice policy, the Obama administration will move on Monday to ease overcrowding in federal prisons by ordering prosecutors to omit listing quantities of illegal substances in indictments for low-level drug cases, sidestepping federal laws that impose strict mandatory minimum sentences for drug-related offenses.

it's a roll-back of the "War on Drugs," and—best part—it's taking a cue from reforms that are already happening in conservative states like Texas and Arkansas.

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