“There are too Many People in Jail for too Long”, Says U.S. Attorney General

“I think there are too many people in jail for too long and for not necessarily good reasons”, states U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Attorney General Eric Holder: “The war on drugs is now 30, 40 years old.. There have been a lot of unintended consequences”.

The statement is in regards to recent bipartisan legislation filed which would give judges more power to shorten prison sentences for nonviolent criminals – such as drug offenders – and would eliminate many mandatory minimum sentences.

“The war on drugs is now 30, 40 years old.. There have been a lot of unintended consequences”, Holder continues, “There’s been a decimation of certain communities, in particular communities of color.”

Although these comments only mean so much coming from an attorney general who has overseen numerous attacks on medical cannabis providers, they’re clearly an indication of a slow, yet steady shift in the administration admitting that the drug war has failed. In addition, the attorney general taking the lead on sentencing-reform legislation increases its likelihood of passage.

These comments come days after the Obama Administration announced that Gil Kerlikowske will be replaced as U.S. Drug Czar; his successor is yet to be announced.

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  1. Oh, throw us some meat since you killed the cow. Asshat knows the DEA uses NSA to spy on us, bust us, then lies in court. Anything coming out of this assholes mouth is a lie.

    New Drug Czar? How about a peace Czar… you bastard(s).

  2. Hopefully the new drug czar will do a ‘180’ and stop all closings and harrassments of legally-installed cannabis clinics and storefront operations where states have made them legal entities.

    • Paul Cardosi on August 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm
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    anything Holder says is suspect.

      • Anonymous on August 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm
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      Why? Think about it before you answer. Be honest with yourself. Then, educate yourself on the “Drug War” and its relationship to the explosive growth of the prison industrial complex. A good book to read is “The New Jim Crow – Mass Incarceration if the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander. I think after you read it, you’ll stop holding Holder suspect.

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