Yesterday U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a major policy shift for how the Justice department plans to handle mandatory minimum sentencing.
The gist is that Justice will no longer enforce mandatory minimums for low-level drug salesmen.
According to the United States Bureau of Prisons, about 48% of the U.S. federal prison population — that’s 90,000 people — are in the clink for drug offenses. Many of them are there for a long time due to mandatory minimum sentencing.
That may sound like not too many people, but it’s important to remember that America — always striving to be #1 — has the highest prisoner to general population rate in the world as a result.
Check out this graphic from Reuters that hammers that sad fact home.
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