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Justice Dept. Seeks to Curtail Stiff Drug Sentences
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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/12/us/jus...ml?hp&_r=0

By CHARLIE SAVAGE
Published: August 12, 2013 188 Comments

WASHINGTON — 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.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., in a speech at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco on Monday, is expected to announce the new policy as one of several steps intended to curb soaring taxpayer spending on prisons and help correct what he regards as unfairness in the justice system, according to his prepared remarks.

Saying that “too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long and for no good law enforcement reason,” Mr. Holder is planning to justify his policy push in both moral and economic terms.
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...making more room for his political prisoners.....
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Ending the failed drug war would be a better solution.
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bucksco;114902 Wrote:Ending the failed drug war would be a better solution.

Or at the very least not locking up users that have broken no other law besides possessing illegal substances.
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The article did make specific mention of federal prisons, which appears to have been interpreted over the radio as prisons in general. I can't speak for all statutes, but I am assuming that going to a federal prison for a drug related offense is not the typical first time offender for marijuana posession, as talk I have heard seems to apply.

I haven't heard any talk about lowering mandatory minimums for gun related offenses, becasue that has to be costing the taxpayers a lot of money as well. Wink Wink
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bucksco;114902 Wrote:Ending the failed drug war would be a better solution.

Maybe this is the first step in that direction.
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MrPeanut;115199 Wrote:
bucksco;114902 Wrote:Ending the failed drug war would be a better solution.

Maybe this is the first step in that direction.

Haha, then what would fund the CIA?
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MrPeanut;115199 Wrote:
bucksco;114902 Wrote:Ending the failed drug war would be a better solution.

Maybe this is the first step in that direction.

Given that the prison industrial complex is big business in this country I don't see the drug war ending any time soon. I don't know though they could always take up the slack with law abiding gun owners...
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