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August 12, 2013 - 9:00 am

You’ve got to give credit where it’s due, even when its due to the most criminally negligent (or just plain criminal) and corrupt Attorney General in decades. So here’s a tip of the hat from me to Eric Holder:

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is set to announce Monday that low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with no ties to gangs or large-scale drug organizations will no longer be charged with offenses that impose severe mandatory sentences.

The new Justice Department policy is part of a comprehensive prison reform package that Holder will reveal in a speech to the American Bar Association in San Francisco, according to senior department officials.

How does that save lives? By not putting decent, salvageable kids into the prison system, where they learn how to become career criminals. Assuming they live that long.

Besides, mandatory sentencing was always a bad idea. It sure seemed smart back in the ’80s, when we were still reeling from liberal judges letting hardened criminals off with a slap on the wrist from a damp Kleenex. But judges are supposed to judge, to use their judgement — not just act as automatons for politicians who have long since left office. If you don’t like how a judge is using his judgement, either vote them out (where applicable), or vote out the idiots who appointed them. That’s our duty as citizens, just as judges are supposed to have their duties when it comes to sentencing.

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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I don't like mandatory sentences-- and would like to see them abolished. But this way Holder gets around the entire debate. What happens when it's a law most people agree with?
1 year ago
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This "reform" isn't going to change much; the only real difference will be that more drug criminals will be on the streets at any given time.

And the reason Holder is doing it isn't to benefit Americans in general. It will be "Holder's people" who primarily benefit because it is blacks who make up the overwhelming majority of drug offenders. This will only mark a return to the days of "revolving door justice" and meaningless, slap-on-the-wrist, penalties for serious drug crimes.
1 year ago
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The new Justice Department policy is part of a comprehensive prison reform package that Holder will reveal in a speech to the American Bar Association in San Francisco

May I suggest looking this gift horse in the mouth? From the sounds of it, the drug sentencing thing is only a part of a larger package of "reforms." Always, ALWAYS run screaming from leftists criminal justice reforms. I will bet you a whole bottle of Stoly (or whatever you drink), that this will also involve a return to the rampant revolving-door "justice" of the 60's and 70's where murderers and rapists were let out to wreak havoc and mayhem again. ANd again . . . . and still again.
1 year ago
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Shocking I find myself agreeing with Holder about anything.

Sometimes legislators don't seem to understand how long a year is. Maybe they just figure they aren't going to have to worry about being accountable to the law themselves anyway. But the sentences for some of these things seem to be pulled from a hat, and far more severe than many violent offenses.
1 year ago
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Must be tough to be a cop these days! Is there somekind of a web site (it would have to be up dated weekly) where the police can go to find out which laws the "just-us" department is enforcing this week. Sure would cut down on the unnecessary paperwork!
1 year ago
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The police have nothing to do with this. Holder is instructing his attorneys to stop filing charges against non-violent offenders that would trigger mandatory sentences. Charges will still be filed, but lesser ones.

That seems to me like a good first step. A better, second step would be repealing mandatory sentences -- and a whole host of other Federal "crimes" as well.
1 year ago
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I'll drink to that. (Tequila)
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