Holder seeks to avert mandatory minimum sentences for some low-level drug offenders - The Washington Post
Geege Schuman stashed this in America
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is set to announce Monday that low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with no ties to gangs or large-scale drug organizations will no longer be charged with offenses that impose severe mandatory sentences.
The new Justice Department policy is part of a comprehensive prison reform package that Holder will reveal in a speech to the American Bar Association in San Francisco, according to senior department officials. He is also expected to introduce a policy to reduce sentences for elderly, nonviolent inmates and find alternatives to prison for nonviolent criminals.
Oh thank goodness. FINALLY.
You'll definitely want to read this eye-opener about the U.S.’s growing for-profit detention industry: http://www.propublica.org/article/by-the-numbers-the-u.s.s-growing-for-profit-detention-industry
Disgusting. Not everything should exploit the profit motive.