Holder urges easing mandatory drug sentences

Post Date: August 12, 2013

(San Francisco Chronicle) — The “so-called war on drugs” has needlessly imprisoned thousands of Americans for relatively minor crimes, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday in a San Francisco speech announcing Obama administration policy changes that will reduce or possibly eliminate federal sentences for some low-level drug offenders.

While Holder ordered federal prosecutors to reduce their use of mandatory sentencing laws in drug cases, the impact of his order will depend on such unpredictable factors as how prosecutors interpret the new rules and whether Congress decides to add flexibility to rigid sentencing laws. Read more…