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August 12, 2013

Holder Aims to Ease Prison Overcrowding

(CBS News) — The US Attorney General is pitching a plan to ease the overcrowding in prisons. Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the criminal justice system – that include scaling back sentences for some drug related crimes. Tara Mergener reports from Washington, D.C. View video…

August 12, 2013

Holder Calls for New Ways of Enforcing Drug Laws

(NBC Nightly News)  Today Attorney General Eric Holder directed federal prosecutors not to report the amount of drugs involved in an arrest for non-violent offenders who have no ties to drug cartels or gangs and didn’t sell to children, if the report would trigger mandatory minimums. The changes are intended to help alleviate prison overcrowding… Read more »

August 12, 2013

Holder urges easing mandatory drug sentences

(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… Read more »

August 12, 2013

Diverse Groups Seeking Changes to U.S. Criminal Justice System

(Gannett News – quotes Julie Stewart) — A diverse coalition of lawmakers and civil rights advocates largely embraced Justice Department proposals Monday that would break with harsh punishments for non-violent drug offenders and provide federal prosecutors with more authority on charging offenders. Read more…

August 12, 2013

Holder Aims to End Mandatory Prison Terms for Nonviolent Drug Defendants

(Chicago Sun Times/Associated Press  – Julie Stewart quoted) — Attorney General Eric Holder announced a major shift Monday in federal sentencing policies, targeting long mandatory terms that he said have flooded the nation’s prisons with low-level drug offenders and diverted crime-fighting dollars that could be far better spent. Read more…

August 12, 2013

Holder’s Charging Order Aims to Reduce Prison Population

(Washington Post – quotes Julie Stewart) — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s proposed prison reforms drew praise from criminal justice experts Monday, but some critics said the proposals do not go far enough to begin overhauling a costly and broken law enforcement system. In an effort to reduce the population of the nation’s overflowing… Read more »

August 12, 2013

Holder to Order Curbs on Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentencing

(Kansas City Star) — Attorney General Eric Holder announced a series of prison sentencing revisions Monday, but the really big action must take place on Capitol Hill and in individual states.  Calling widespread incarceration “both ineffective and unsustainable,” Holder announced that he’d direct federal prosecutors to avoid charging low-level, nonviolent drug defendants with crimes that… Read more »