Holder to relax sentencing for some drug offenders

Attorney General Eric Holder will announce today that the Justice Department will no longer ask for mandatory minimum sentences for many federal drug crimes. Many states like California are already giving some of these felons early releases due to overcrowding so it's not like Holder is doing anything radical. Indeed, even some conservatives have criticized federal drug policy, pointing out that long sentences don't appear to deter drug use nor have they made much of a dent in distribution. The Hill: "Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no good law enforcement reason," Holder will tell an American Bar Association meeting in San Francisco, according to prepared remarks.    "While the aggressive enforcement of federal criminal statutes remains necessary, we cannot simply prosecute or incarcerate our way to becoming a safer nation," he will say. Calling laws which require minimum prison time "draconian," Holder will order federal...(Read Full Post)