Drug Sentences To Be Cut
The Justice Department wants states to start taking it a bit easier on drug offenders. In defiance of existing federal laws, Obama's Justice Department wants to cut prison populations by "ordering prosecutors to omit listing quantities of illegal substances in indictments for low-level drug cases, sidestepping federal laws that impose strict mandatory minimum sentences for drug-related offenses", according to a New York Times article published Monday.
This is a major shift in federal policy. And apparently, this shift in policy will involve no debate or action on the part of congress. The Justice Department is 'sidestepping' existing laws. Federal officials said earlier this year that they were examining pot legalization in Colorado and would soon offer an official response. Looks like the response is 'hey, let's back off a little'.
So what's your thoughts? Is this the right move? Do we jail too many for too little when it comes to possession? Tell us what you think! Remember to 'LIKE' and 'SHARE' on Facebook too.