WASHINGTON — U.S. drug offenders will not automatically get a prison sentence, at least that is what the Obama administration is telling people.
Reuters reports that Eric Holder, who agreed to serve a second term as the Department of Justice’s Attorney General, will enforce the lenient changes.
Non-violent drug offenders will no longer face a mandatory prison sentence and the specifics are not known for the time being. But, Holder promised to outline the broad changes as they are developed.
Sounds like another ObamaCare delay or an executive decision to circumvent laws that are on the books.
In a speech to the American Bar Association, Holder said:
“I have mandated a modification of the Justice Department’s charging policies so that certain low-level, nonviolent drug offenders who have no ties to large-scale organizations, gangs, or cartels, will no longer be charged with offenses that impose draconian mandatory minimum sentences”
Now more drug offenders will be on the streets and not in prison, bucking a trend that has held since the 1980s.