Eric Holder’s ‘Mandatory Minimums’ Gamble

Post Date: August 12, 2013

(Politico – Julie Stewart interviewed)  — If the Obama administration succeeds in its new drive to rein in mandatory minimum prison sentences, it will be a sign Democrats have carried out a kind of political exorcism — finally putting to rest any lingering anxiety over the “soft on crime” label that terrorized the party back in the 1980s and ’90s.

There are signs the country may be ready to bury the trope that savaged Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis in 1988, and that Bill Clinton managed to ride to power in the 1990s via an unflinchingly tough approach to criminal justice and the death penalty. Read more