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Holder to Ax 'Draconian' Drug Sentences

 
Holder to Ax 'Draconian' Drug Sentences
Posted Monday, August 12th 2013 @ 8am  by Kate Seamons, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– Eric Holder is set to today to reveal what theWashington Post is calling the planned "cornerstone of the rest of his tenure": a revamp of federal prison policy. And one part of the overhaul—a big change to sentencing for low-level drug offenders—is getting a great deal of attention this morning. As Reuters reports, the attorney general is set to announce that those arrested for low-level, nonviolent drug crimes who aren't linked to gangs or drug rings will no longer face mandatory "draconian mandatory minimum sentences." An excerpt of his planned remarks:

  • "By reserving the most severe penalties for serious, high-level, or violent drug traffickers, we can better promote public safety, deterrence, and rehabilitation—while making our expenditures smarter and more productive... We cannot simply prosecute or incarcerate our way to becoming a safer nation."

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