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Department of Justice Issues Revised Drug Sentencing Guidelines: August 12, 2013

Department of Justice Issues Revised Drug Sentencing Guidelines: August 12, 2013

Department of justice issues revised drug sentencing guidelines: August 12, 2013

On August 12, 2013, in a speech before the American Bar Association (ABA), Attorney General Eric Holder announced a policy shift that would allow some low-level, nonviolent drug offenders to avoid mandatory minimum sentences. This, Holder anticipated, would begin freeing up law enforcement and court officials to deal with more serious offenders, and would also alleviate some overcrowding of America's jails and prisons.

Mandatory Sentencing Minimums

In 1971, then-President Richard Nixon called for a “War on Drugs,” an all-out effort that increased the size and force of drug control agencies and heavily target marijuana, crack, and cocaine users and distributors. Subsequent presidents, including Ronald Reagan and ...

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