Eric Holder seeks to cut mandatory minimum drug sentences
August 12th, 2013
03:15 PM ET
8 months ago

Eric Holder seeks to cut mandatory minimum drug sentences

Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department will no longer pursue mandatory minimum sentences for certain low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday, noting the nation is "coldly efficient in jailing criminals," but that it "cannot prosecute or incarcerate" its way to becoming safer.

"Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason," Holder told the American Bar Association's House of Delegates in San Francisco.

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  1. Data Driven

    I applaud this.

    August 12, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. kirk

    Common sense.I'm sure the repubs hate it

    August 12, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Holder is simply turning loose criminals..........and that is a criminal act, in and of itself.

    August 12, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. rs

    The Republicans would want the "Spend" option- build more taxpayer funded private corporate prisons I am sure.

    August 12, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Data Driven

    Yeah, right, Rick. Turning loose people caught with a dimebag is a real betrayal of all we hold dear.

    August 12, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    Holder is simply turning loose criminals..........and that is a criminal act, in and of itself.
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    Actually, it isn't. Prisoner's time and sentances can be voided at anytime. If you still disagree however- please let us all know how much you'd like you taxes increased to keep petty criminals in jail.

    August 12, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    rs

    Rick McDaniel

    Holder is simply turning loose criminals..........and that is a criminal act, in and of itself.
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    Actually, it isn't. Prisoner's time and sentances can be voided at anytime. If you still disagree however- please let us all know how much you'd like you taxes increased to keep petty criminals in jail.
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    Let's wait for the usual reply....."defund ACA" comes to mind as one predictable response from people that feel vindicated by punishing anyone and everyone that doesn't follow their ideas of proper behavior. Maybe Rick would want a brand-spanking new jail built in his neighboring yard??

    August 12, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. wendel

    good idea repos will hate it. Holder is one smart guy. unfortunately repos find doom and gloom in everything and are not happy unless they can have the American public thinking everyone is out to get them . More guns more fences more jails. Lets not tackle the problem and maybe find more jobs .

    August 12, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. just sayin

    no surprise here. democraps always support criminals over the law abiding citizens. then they wonder why their urban cesspools are terrorized by criminals.

    and it is totally hilarious to here the leftists worried about the cost of protecting society from criminals. they don't seem to care about the cost of anything else, except when it comes to enforcing our laws and jailing criminals. again, democrats are the party of crime and criminals. and then they want to take away your 2nd amendment rights so you are easy prey for the criminals. wake up america!

    August 12, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. just askin

    how many criminals could have jailed with that $100 million obama wasted on his africa vacation and all his other vacations?

    how many criminals could have been jailed with the billions wasted on failed green energy companies?

    how many criminals could have been jailed with the $70 million the irs is paying in bonuses and the countless millions of boondoggle conferences???

    how many crimiinals could have been jailed with some of the billions stolen in food stamp fraud???

    i guess law abiding citizens just aren't worth protecting in the eyes of the democrats.

    August 12, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Holder is simply promoting drug use.........is no one fears punishment for drugs, they have even LESS incentive, not to use drugs.

    Holder is a criminal aide to the drug cartels.

    August 12, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. sonny chapman

    Hey Rick McDaniel, either build school or jails. Midnight Basketball or drug/gun violence. Decent wages for workers or cheap labor for Corporate America. Put 'em jail & throw away the key is bad Economic Policy & not very Christlike(I hate to use the word Christian).

    August 12, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. boungiorno

    People who do drugs and repeat offenders need to be incarserated PERIOD! NO DRUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |