Holder Announces Modification to Mandatory Drug Sentences

Attorney General Eric Holder announced changes to the mandatory drug sentences on Monday, Aug. 12.
3:00 | 08/12/13

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Some statutes that mandate inflexible sentences. Reduced the discretion available to prosecutors. Judges and -- juries. Because they oftentimes generate unfairly long sentences. Be -- disrespect for the system. When applied indiscriminately they do not serve public safety. Day. And let's be honest some of the enforcement priorities we have set have -- -- destabilizing effect -- particularly particular communities. Largely poor and of color. And applied in appropriately. They -- ultimately counterproductive this is why I have today mandated a modification. Of the Justice Department's charging policies so that certain low level nonviolent drug offenders who have no ties to large scale organizations gangs or cartels. Will no longer be charged with -- -- that impose draconian mandatory minimum sentences.

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