“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.
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.