Holder orders leniency for some drug offenders

People convicted of some drug crimes may avoid jail time under a new directive from the Obama administration.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is set to announce a policy that removes mandatory minimum sentences for low-level, non-violent drug offenders who do not have ties to gangs or drug cartels.

Holder calls the current mandatory sentences excessive and counter-productive.

With drug offenders making up half of the nation’s prison population, Holder argues the policy change will save the U.S billions of dollars.

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