Holder Calls For Sweeping Changes To Drug Penalties

Law360, San Francisco (August 12, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT) -- In remarks Monday before the American Bar Association's house of delegates, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder proposed broad changes to incarceration methods aimed at easing overcrowding and saving taxpayer dollars, including abolishing mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders and releasing elderly nonviolent criminals early.

As the nation enters its fifth decade of the “so-called war on drugs,” as Holder described it, the U.S. Department of Justice is rethinking its policy of imposing hefty sentences on drug offenders regardless of their individual conduct. Instead, suspects who...
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