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AG Holder Changes Drug-Sentencing Rules

August 12, 2013  | 

Federal prosecutors will no longer seek mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, part of a broad new effort to focus on violent crimes and national security while reducing the nation's gigantic prison population, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday.

Addressing the American Bar Association's annual meeting in a city and state that long have had some of the nation's most liberal drug enforcement policies, Holder described a sea change in federal law enforcement strategy that marks a significant turn away from the all-out "war on drugs" of the past 40 years.

Holder said charges against dealers who aren't tied to large criminal organizations won't detail how much drugs they were caught with. Without that information, judges can't impose the five- or 10-year mandatory minimum prison terms enacted by Congress in the 1980s.

Read the full Mercury News story.

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N.M. @ 8/12/2013 2:41 PM

If I understand the Attorney General correctly, federal prosecutors will withhold information from the court in criminal prosecutions. Does anybody else get this from the A.G.'s directions? If judges cannot sentence outside of the guidelines enacted by Congress in the 1980s, is it appropriate for the Department of Justice to circumvent Congress by withholding information from the courts? Shouldn't the appropriate resolution be to have Congress change the law? We have three branches of government and I'm beginning to wonder if those in power understand their roles.

rob @ 8/12/2013 3:42 PM

There are so many things wrong with this. This must be the progressive future to allow criminals to run rampant in society but only after we ensure their financial wellfare.

Chuck @ 8/12/2013 6:01 PM

Another GENIUS move by Holder and the Obama admin

DEADMAN @ 8/12/2013 7:02 PM

This gives drug pushers and recividists a blank check for getting out of prison.Holder doesn't write law,he can't tell judges what to sentence or police departments what to do but he can direct the FBI,DEA,ATF and other federal agencies to look the other way and let criminals go free,this miserable excuse for Law Enforcement needs to go to prison.

DEADMAN @ 8/12/2013 7:04 PM

So they can lower or drop charges on felons caught with truck loads of drugs.

DEADMAN @ 8/12/2013 7:04 PM

So they can lower or drop charges on felons caught with truck loads of drugs.

John @ 8/12/2013 7:05 PM

I guess why arrest them???

plato's playdough @ 8/13/2013 1:55 AM

Makes sense. Prevents those carrying under the minimum amount from acquiring a felony conviction. Felony convictions result in a loss of voting rights. Ensures a favorable bias towards Democratic candidates. BTW, does it occur to you that using runners to deliver "insignificant" quantities will be a viable tactic to avoid arrest? And probably minors as well. "G works hard for his money."

Thin Blue Line @ 8/13/2013 10:51 AM

Holder is an idiot and should have been fired along with Hillary over the Benghazi attack. This administration makes up whatever it wants to do, turns a blind eye on certain laws, and we are powerless to stop it. What a pathetic country we've become.

Troop @ 8/13/2013 11:32 AM

Holder is a joke.

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