Eric Holder Unveils New Reforms Aimed At Curbing US Prison Population

“The US government took the first tentative steps toward tackling its 1.5m-strong prison population on Monday by announcing that minor drug dealers would be spared the mandatory minimum sentences that have previously locked up many for a decade or more.

Reversing years of toughening political rhetoric in Washington, attorney general Eric Holder declared that levels of incarceration at federal, state and local levels had become both “ineffective and unsustainable.”

The Department of Justice will now instruct prosecutors to side-step federal sentencing rules by not recording the amount of drugs found on non-violent dealers not associated with larger gangs or cartels.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/12/eric-holder-smart-crime-reform-us-prisons

Source: The Guardian.com – August 12, 2013

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