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Holder seeks to avert mandatory minimum sentences for some low-level drug offenders - The Washington Post

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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:

Disgusting. Not everything should exploit the profit motive.

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