Post Date: August 12, 2013
(MSNBC — Mary Price interviewed) –Attorney General Eric Holder called for overhauling the way in which the Justice Department prosecutes minor drug cases, announcing Monday that federal prosecutors will stop charging low-level drug offenders with crimes carrying strict mandatory minimum sentences.
Holder noted that the rapid rise in the U.S. prison population has slowed in recent years. Still, “too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long and for no good law enforcement reason.”
The announcement at the American Bar Association’s meeting in San Francisco will almost certainly help save many young black men from incarceration and leave an imprint on Holder’s legacy as the nation’s first black attorney general. Read more…