Holder To Revamp Sentences For Non-Violent Drug Offenses

Source: Jordy Yager / The Hill

Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday announced that the Justice Department will no longer press mandatory minimum sentences against many low-level non-violent drug crime offenders.

Holder also said he has ordered federal prosecutors to revamp statutes and provide more flexibility for judges in nonviolent drug offenses, including in sentences for people without ties to gangs or drug cartels.

“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,” Holder told an audience at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco.

“They now will be charged with offenses for which the accompanying sentences are better suited to their individual conduct, rather than excessive prison terms more appropriate for violent criminals or drug kingpins.”

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