U.S. Government To Abolish Minimum Drug Law Sentences

Eric_Holder_official_portrait_smallFinally something to like about Attorney General Eric Holder? Politico reports:

Attorney General Eric Holder is calling on the federal government to rein its use of one of the most ubiquitous tools in the war on crime—minimum mandatory sentences—and he’s making a unilateral move to cut down on such sentences in drug cases even as Congress debates a broader rretreat from the once-popular sentencing concept.

“Some statutes that mandate inflexible sentences–regardless of the facts or conduct at issue in a particular case–reduce the discretion available to prosecutors, judges, and juries,” Holder is to say in a speech to the American Bar Association Monday in San Francisco, according to advance excerpts the released by the Justice Department. “They breed disrespect for the system. When applied indiscriminately, they do not serve public safety. They have had a disabling effect on communities. And they are ultimately counterproductive.”

Holder plans to announce that he’s instructing federal prosecutors not to charge garden-variety drug dealers with crimes that lead to lengthy mandatory minimum sentences.

“Certain low-level, nonviolent drug offenders who have no ties to large-scale organizations, gangs, or cartels will no longer be charged with offenses that impose draconian mandatory minimum sentences. They now will be charged with offenses for which the accompanying sentences are better suited to their individual conduct, rather than excessive prison terms more appropriate for violent criminals or drug kingpins,” the attorney general plans to say.

Holder is also expected to announce that he’s expanding efforts to reduce federal prison populations by releasing elderly prisoners sooner, by allowing local U.S. Attorneys not to prosecute some kinds of cases in federal court and by diverting “low-level offenders” to programs that keep them out of hardcore federal prisons…

[continues at Politico]

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  • Man Fred

    Decriminalization?

  • Anarchy Pony

    ALEC is gonna be pissed…

  • BuzzCoastin

    he’s been a lying douche from the git go
    but I’m sure he’s telling the truth this time

  • salviad

    And in Canada, Harper’s Government just introduced minimum mandatory sentences. Argh!

    • Hoarfraust

      And he’s pushing for privatized prisons…because that worked so well for the US. Canadians: WAKE UP! Our Crimeminister is a monster.

      • tesmith47

        it is not just this administration, dont forget the war on drugs was started by nixon

  • DeepCough

    Are you gonna stop raiding dispensaries, too?

  • Jeb Morningside

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Chugs Rodiguez

    You know their getting asses kicked so badly with the NSA and the whole destroying the privacy and security of every person in the western world that they’re throwing us a bone, you know hey we won’t put you in fuck up the ass prison for a “minimum” sentence.

    Fuck you.

    They’re going after dispensaries and other groups who are acting in accordance with their state laws and paying taxes. Now they can turn around and claim minimum sentence laws are bad! Where were they four years ago! What they just work up and had this massive change of heart?

    If they want to compensate us for fucking the world then I think full decriminalisation is required, with medical heroin programs to boot.

    Once the US decriminalises then their cronies Canada, Australia and the rest will follow suit.

  • tesmith47

    re learning the lesson from the alcohol prohibition of 100 years ago, geez America is a slow Lerner