Quote:"Attorney General Eric Holder called for “sweeping, systemic changes” to the American judicial system on Monday, urging “a frank and constructive dialogue about the need to reform a broken system.”Read more: huffingtonpost.com
As part of that effort, the Justice Department will no longer list drug quantities in indictments of certain low-level drug offenders, allowing defendants who lack ties to gangs, violence and large-scale drug trafficking organizations to avoid harsh mandatory minimums, Holder announced during the Monday speech before the American Bar Association."
"Holder was even more direct in his ABA speech, calling mandatory minimums "draconian" and asking Congress to reform a system which can “breed disrespect” for itself.
“When applied indiscriminately, they do not serve public safety. They –- and some of the enforcement priorities we have set –- have had a destabilizing effect on particular communities, largely poor and of color. And, applied inappropriately, they are ultimately counterproductive,” Holder said."
Good news for a change, this current system is out of control. These are substance abuse and social issues - not something low level offenders should be jailed for.
It looks as if the failed "war on drugs" is finally collapsing under the weight of it's own unsustainability.