Holder Announces Shift Against Mandatory Sentencing Laws

, The National Law Journal

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Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. proposed one of the largest overhauls of the country’s criminal legal system on Monday, pushing for “sweeping, systemic changes” in sentencing that could become a centerpiece of his tenure in the Department of Justice.

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  • Avon

    Obviously, it's an editing error:
    "low-level, nonviolent drug offenders no longer would face mandatory minimum sentences unless they have no ties to large gangs or cartels."
    You mean to say the opposite.
    (Not that the sentence is easy to follow, either way; so maybe no one will notice?)

  • steve castleman

    A large proportion of crime is driven by drug addiction: 75% of those in state and federal prisons have histories of substance abuse.

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    Unfortunately, many people still don't believe addiction is a disease. That's why science-based education is so important.

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