Sentencing News

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August 12, 2013

Get Big Government Out of Small Crimes

(SFGate, Debra Saunders column – Julie Stewart interviewed) — It was big news Monday when Attorney General Eric Holder told the American Bar Association in San Francisco, “Certain low-level nonviolent drug offenders who have no ties to large-scale organizations, gangs or cartels will no longer be charged with offenses that impose draconian mandatory minimum sentences.” It… Read more »

August 12, 2013

Holder to Rewrite Rules in ‘War on Drugs’

(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,… Read more »

August 12, 2013

DOJ to Stop Packing Prisons With Minor Drug Offenders

(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… Read more »

August 12, 2013

Holder Proposes Changes in Criminal Justice System

(Associated Press — Mary Price interviewed)  — Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation’s criminal justice system — including scaling back the use of harsh sentences for some drug-related crimes. The appeal comes as the nation faces massive overcrowding in its prisons. In remarks to the American Bar Association in San… Read more »

August 12, 2013

Obama Administration Plans Overhaul to Cut Prison Population

(Wall Street Journal — Mary Price interviewed) — The Obama administration plans to change the way it charges nonviolent criminals in the hopes of reducing the prisoner population, a major policy shift aimed at reversing decades of increasing incarceration. In a speech Monday to the American Bar Association, Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to unveil… Read more »

August 12, 2013

US to Reform Mandatory Drug Sentencing

(Voice of America — Molly Gill interviewed) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced a major shift in how the federal government plans to prosecute nonviolent criminals involved in drug crimes, with the aim of easing overcrowding in the nation’s prisons.   Holder outlined several policy changes in a speech to the American Bar… Read more »

August 7, 2013

Untying the Hands of Justice

What duty do people of faith have to prisoners? FAMM’s Molly Gill explores this question in her excellent piece in Sojourners magazine. Here’s an excerpt: People who break the law deserve punishment, but the Bible limits it: It’s an eye for an eye, not a leg for an eye or a life for an eye…. Read more »