DOJ to Stop Packing Prisons With Minor Drug Offenders

Post Date: August 12, 2013

(Mother Jones — Molly Gill and Monica Raffanel interviewed) — Attorney General Eric Holder is proposing a groundbreaking reform package to fix America’s increasingly overcrowded prisons, which includes doing away with mandatory minimums for certain nonviolent drug offenders, the Washington Post reports. The Justice Department also plans to reduce sentences for certain elderly prisoners, champion drug treatment programs as an alternative to prison, and bar prosecutors from listing quantities of drugs when charging minor drug offenders. 

“This is a win for people concerned about overfederalization as well as overcriminalization—we just can’t keep making a federal case and a 10-year federal prison stay out of all these nonviolent drug offenders,” says Monica Pratt Raffanel, a spokesperson for Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM). “States can handle drug offenders like these and, in many instances, give them better access to the treatment and supervision they need to turn their lives around.” Read more…