On Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced a proposed shift in sentencing for drug-related crimes nationwide. According to a Monday Detroit News article, this could "mark one of the most significant changes in the way the federal criminal justice system handles drug cases since the government declared a war on drugs in the 1980s".
The change is aimed at reducing overpopulation in US prisons, "There are currently more than 219,000 federal inmates, and the prisons are operating at nearly 40 percent above capacity. Holder said the prison population "has grown at an astonishing rate -- by almost 800 percent" since 1980. Almost half the inmates are serving time for drug-related crimes."
We at The Gallagher Law Firm are interested to see what course this announcement takes.
Check out the Detroit News link below for more.