Civil Libertarians Cheer Holder Drug-Sentencing Policy

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Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Las Vegas CBS KXNT- The ACLU of Nevada is praising a new Justice Department policy on sentencing low-level drug offenders. Executive Director Tod Story told KXNT he welcomes the announcement that prosecutors will be freed from seeking mandatory minimums put in place by a 1986 anti-drug abuse law.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the change on Monday, telling a conference of the American Bar Association that too many people have been imprisoned for small-scale and non-violent drug crimes. Holder cited cost as a reason to keep low-level offenders from serving long prison sentences.

It’s a long overdue change, Story said.

Story says the state-level movement to legalize medical marijuana — and even recreational use — have caused the federal government to reconsider the money it spends locking people up for drug possession.

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