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

Holder seeks to avert mandatory minimum sentences for some low-level drug offenders | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

“We must face the reality that, as it stands, our system is, in too many ways, broken,” Holder said. “And with an outsized, unnecessarily large prison population, we need to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, to deter and to rehabilitate — not merely to warehouse and to forget.”


“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.


Holder is calling for a change in Justice Department policies to reserve the most severe penalties for drug offenses for serious, high-level or violent drug traffickers. He has directed his 94 U.S. attorneys across the country to develop specific, locally tailored guidelines for determining when federal charges should be filed and when they should not.

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The pursuit of justice | TED Playlist

The pursuit of justice | TED Playlist | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Behold, courage. These speakers represent the unrepresented -- with the fortitude to stand up to some of the world's greatest injustices.
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