Justice plans sentencing changes for non-violent criminals
August 7th, 2013
05:14 PM ET
9 months ago

Justice plans sentencing changes for non-violent criminals

Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department is preparing an overhaul of how federal prosecutors deal with non-violent criminal offenders in a move that could mark the end of the tough-on-crime era, which began with strict anti-drug laws in the 1970s and accelerated with mandatory minimum prison sentences and so-called three-strikes laws.

The idea is to change the type of sentences that prosecutors seek in cases where instead of prison, offenders could benefit from alternatives such as drug court, a Justice Department official said.

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems always protect the criminals........it is their 'way of life". Let the criminals go free, to prey on MORE victims.

    August 7, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. the hippies were right

    Rick McDaniel impersonater:Judges can prosecute who they like as long as kangaroo cross breeding isn't involved. Immigrants shouldn't be able to ride kangaroos because then Obamas dictatorship will continue and the democrats stronghold on Jupiters moons will never end....before its too late. Sorry Rick, just couldn't help myself!

    August 7, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    If they are not harmful, let them stay out–do not burden state to pay. We need reformative theory. Not deterrent, retributive. If they are not harm to society–teach and let them go.

    August 7, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. S. B. Stein

    It seems like a good idea at first glance. I wonder what the blow back could be from doing this.

    August 7, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Its about time !

    How many people are in prison in America ?

    August 8, 2013 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  6. ghost

    Those laws should have never been put in place. IDIOTS!!!

    August 8, 2013 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  7. Dixie

    haven't these people messed up enough? They should finish one thing before they move on to something else. They can't make up their minds on econimy, world relations, NSA survalance, or immagration. Give us a break. We don't want to give these criminals walking around free.

    August 8, 2013 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  8. Alan S.

    The "WAR ON DRUGS" over a Trillion Dollars spent to date has been a TOTAL FAILURE! Lawmakers in Washington have been STUCK ON STUPID. The definition of "INSANITY" is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. DRUG COURTS have proven to be a highly effective alternative to prison and there wide use throughout the nation looks promising to reducing Drug Use the demand for Drugs and the end this is the most effective tool against the cartels, hit their pocket book.

    August 8, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |