Finally. (emphasis added below)
Such [lengthy, mandated “minimum sentence” prison terms] will not be imposed for non-violent drug offenders with no gang or cartel ties, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech.
The US has one of the world’s biggest prison populations, despite a 40-year-low in the country’s crime rates.
Critics say that heavy drug sentences have hit [Blacks and other minority groups] hardest.
“We need to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, deter and rehabilitate – not merely to convict, warehouse and forget,” Mr Holder said in a speech to the American Bar Association in San Francisco on Monday.
Reform of the American gulag has been a very long process. Nearly half of inmates are confined to cages because of drug charges. Perhaps the budget deficit has finally led us to believe that many non-violent inmates can do more good outside prison.