DOJ Plan: Cut 20K Inmates' Jail Time by 23 Months
Holder-endorsed proposal would reduce nonviolent offenders' sentences
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2014 10:48 AM CDT
US Attorney General Eric Holder delivers his keynote address at a tribal conference on the campus of United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, ND, on Thursday, June 5, 2014.   (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom)

(Newser) – Some 9% of the federal prison population could see their sentences reduced by an average of 23 months thanks to a new Justice Department proposal endorsed by Eric Holder. The US Sentencing Commission voted in April to reduce drug sentences for nonviolent offenders in the future; this proposal, presented to the commission by the DOJ today, would offer retroactive eligibility for shortened sentences to some prisoners. As many as 20,000 could ultimately be affected, CNN reports.

The move is part of Holder's "Smart on Crime" plan, which aims to lower the prison population and reduce prison time for nonviolent drug crimes. Not everyone who applied for a reduced sentence under the proposal would get one; it would apply only to those without "significant" criminal histories. Holder is expected to discuss the proposal, which will be voted on next month, later today; in his prepared remarks, he notes that it "strikes the best balance between protecting public safety and addressing the overcrowding of our prison system."

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Mark Dreher
Jun 11, 2014 7:11 AM CDT
There, is a good idea Another, liberal pipe dream. Let's "free all the criminals" Because It is "too expensive, to feed them". And We need MORE money For Obamacare. Let me ask you this Why, did we even build prisons In the first place? The dumocrats Have eliminated Their need The criminals Now sleep In the street. Your street. Genius.
Jun 10, 2014 12:30 PM CDT
Here comes the big business prison lobby with lots of cash to say "you can't do that, you'll ruin our bottom line. We bribed a lot of judges to get some of those inmates in there and need an ROI "
Jun 10, 2014 12:10 PM CDT
Thanks to Eric Holder, and the FBI, fiends like Viktor Bout are behind bars! He was a Russian arms dealer! He tried to sell arms to Colombian outlaws! The FBI nabbed him! Bush's golfing comrade, Vladimir Putin, has already demanded his release! So far; the NRA has been quiet. Should he be kept behind bars or not?