The Obama administration appears to have seen the light — finally — on a wasteful and ineffectual front in the often mindlessly pursued war on drugs. Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking Monday in San Francisco to the American Bar Association, announced he had directed federal prosecutors to stop pursuing mandatory minimum prison sentences for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders.
It’s a much needed change that’s been a long time coming, especially given the success Texas and more than a dozen other states have had in recent years creating alternatives to incarceration that have significantly reduced prison costs without compromising public safety.
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