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justice department will no longer pursue mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/holder-seeks-to-avert-mandatory-minimum-sentences-for-some-low-level-drug-offenders/2013/08/11/343850c2-012c-11e3-96a8-d3b921c0924a_story.html

 

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced 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 unveiled in a speech to the American Bar Association in San Francisco. He also introduced a policy to reduce sentences for elderly, nonviolent inmates and find alternatives to prison for nonviolent criminals.

 

“A vicious cycle of poverty, criminality and incarceration traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities,” Holder said Monday. (Excerpts of his ­prepared remarks were provided Sunday to The Washington Post.) He added that “many aspects of our criminal justice system may actually exacerbate these problems rather than alleviate them.”

It is clear that “too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long and for no truly good law enforcement reason,” Holder said. “We cannot simply prosecute or incarcerate our way to becoming a safer nation,” he added later in the speech.

 

you don't fucking say

 

“A minor school disciplinary offense should put a student in the principal’s office and not a police precinct,” Holder said.

 

Although the United States is home to 5 percent of the world’s population, almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners are incarcerated in American prisons, according to the Justice Department. More than 219,000 federal inmates are behind bars, and almost half of them are serving time for drug-related crimes.

 

Holder said he has also revised the department’s prison policy to allow for more compassionate releases of elderly inmates who did not commit violent crimes, have served significant portions of their sentences and pose no threat to the public.

 

 

this is a good start

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it is a good start. Now onto to runaway teen mothers.

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Although i agree with the policy, these types of decisions should be done by the legislative branch not the executive. Democrats will regret giving the President this much power. A lot of republicans regret the power they gave to Bush.

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the legislative branch can't do anything at all. This is something way more than past due and makes sense, will save us a lot of money and start to end the vicious prison money system hopefully.

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the legislative branch can't do anything at all. This is something way more than past due and makes sense, will save us a lot of money and start to end the vicious prison money system hopefully.

You're advocating for a dictatorship. We have a system of checks and balances for a reason. There's not a bill in congress to address this issue, if there were it would get a lot more support than you think

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no longer locking away low-level drug offenders for years at a time: literally a dictatorship

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Yes that's why we've seen so many of them lately

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Beside the legislative branch has more important things to do like vote to repeal Obamacare 40 times
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no longer locking away low-level drug offenders for years at a time: literally a dictatorship

there is a process in this country. It must be followed! Its not always pretty but its the most fair system in the world.When the executive branch dictates law, rather than it being passed by the legislature, it is a dictatorship.

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a step in the right direction

 

fiscal conservatives should wholly support this btw

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Of course they will...it will sell more gunz!!! 111

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It should fall on the states anyway really.  Federal sentencing guidelines should only exist for breaking federal laws the defendent is being charged with. 

 

Kidnapping, rackateering, etc...that sort of thing.

 

Look to states ramping up certain sentencing laws if DOJ weakens current statutes. 

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Surprised Holder hasn't asked for an executive order for 3 strikes for assault or murder.

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Yea!.....agree with Holder on this one. Still think he needs to resign.

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no longer locking away low-level drug offenders for years at a time: literally a dictatorship

 

Giving the executive branch the power to establish and implement laws....well on the way to dictatorship.

 

He is not talking about the actual law being implemented....just the process of circumventing the checks and balances that have been established.

 

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I like the idea, but not coming from the Feds.

 

Would rather see the states do this.

 

 

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I'm still trying to figure out why the feds were involved with prosecuting low level drug offenders in the first place

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It is no secret that the political strategy of the republican leader's in Washington D.C. is to oppose anything the president supports.  So expecting a GOP controlled House to pass legislation eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing for drug possession is fantasy, it would have never happened.

 

Executive action was the only way mandatory minimum sentencing was going to be eliminated.

 

It was the morally and ethically correct decision and long overdue.

 

Seems like some here would rather have people's lives ruined rotting in jail cells, than have their personal political ideals challenged.  

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I'm still trying to figure out why the feds were involved with prosecuting low level drug offenders in the first place

 

The feds are still raiding legally licensed businesses in California, Oregon, and Washington State for medical marijuana.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/25/dea-raid-marijuana-dispensaries-washington-state_n_3653071.html

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It's going to continue to happen for at least a few years when the uncertainties around all this stuff settles. I'm a fan of legalization but all of this is happening very quickly and in a slipshod manner and there has to be some entity taking a slower approach to it.

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what will be interesting is the # adding to the job search pool. good on one hand, but is going to make finding a gig that much more of a challenge.

 

still so many tough variables out there but if you get released you will take this and hopefully run with it for the better.

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It's going to continue to happen for at least a few years when the uncertainties around all this stuff settles. I'm a fan of legalization but all of this is happening very quickly and in a slipshod manner and there has to be some entity taking a slower approach to it.

 

Even in the states where cannabis is legal, employers can still enforce their drug use policies on employees.

 

From a national or international point of view this process may appear somewhat slipshod.

 

From a state and local perspective many people see it as confirmation that democracy is alive and well. 

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if you are not smart enough to weigh the consequences between failing a drug test or getting gainful employment then you need to be shot out of a cannon into Rosie O'Donnell's gut.

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if you are not smart enough to weigh the consequences between failing a drug test or getting gainful employment then you need to be shot out of a cannon into Rosie O'Donnell's gut.

 

Exactly. 

 

So stop wasting law enforcements time and tax payer dollars arresting and locking people up for minor drug violations. 

 

If it will make the law and order crowd happier, cite violators and make them pay a fine like we do for breaking the speed limit or littering. 

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