With prisons overcrowded and communities broken, President Barack Obama’s administration says it’s time to quit ruining lives with minimum mandatory sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.


Attorney General Eric Holder plans to announce efforts today to change the way federal drug cases are handled. In a speech in San Francisco around 1 p.m. Eastern time, Holder will outline steps including”compassionate release” from federal prisons of elderly inmates “who did not commit violent crimes and have served significant portions of their sentences,” according to excerpts released to the news media.

Well we all know that “too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long and for no truly good law enforcement reason,” Holder said. “We cannot simply prosecute or incarcerate our way to becoming a safer nation,” he added later in the speech.

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