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Mandatory Sentencing Rules

August 14, 2013 in Economics

The United States has about five percent of the world’s population, but about 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. In fact, many of our prisons are operating beyond their design capacity. In the face of this, Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced a change that basically orders federal prosecutors to bypass mandatory sentencing rules in certain situations. Holder’s proposed changes are baby steps that fall way short of what needs doing. The drug war is responsible for the tidal wave of arrests, prosecutions and prisoners in the United States. Ending the war is the key to this. At the very least, President Obama should be leading the debate on ending the war on marijuana, but he isn’t.

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