mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug cases

Obama Aims to Give Clemency to More Drug Offenders

Sandy Fitzgerald, Newsmax

Nonviolent drug convicts who have served long sentences could leave prison sooner, as President Barack Obama plans to consider additional clemency applications, Attorney General Eric Holder said.

End Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

George Will, Newsmax

The policy of mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses has empowered the government to effectively nullify the constitutional right to a trial.

Booker to Work W/ Paul on Drugs?

Heather Haddon, Wall Street Journal

Senator-elect Cory Booker (D-NJ) sees revamping drug policies as a principal issue he can champion once he takes office and he believes he can draw bipartisan support on the issue, even among those who supported his Repub. challenger.

The Wrong People Are Locked Up

Alfred S. Regnery, Breitbart

Those locked up aren't always the right people. The system has gotten so aggressive that we are jailing people for nonviolent offenses and spending too much money for questionable results.

Paul: Harsh Sentencing Hurts Blacks

Sen. Rand Paul, Washington Times

Nearly 1 million blacks can't vote due to harsh prison sentences for non-violent crimes. Rand Paul is doing everything in his power to change that.

Paul's Right on Prison Reform

Jacob Sullum, Forbes

“The injustice of mandatory minimums is impossible to ignore...I'm here to ask that we begin the end of mandatory minimum sentencing," said Rand Paul.

Eric Holder's Plan to Break the Law to Improve It

By Richard A. Viguerie | 8/14/13
What Holder is actually doing is not proposing criminal justice reform legislation to change the law or to request funding for new programs that actually work, it is an announcement that he planned to simply ignore the law as it stands today, rather than engage in the tough job of selling criminal justice and prison reform to Congress and the public.

Rand Agrees W/ DOJ on Drug Cases

Jason Pye,

Rand Paul joined Richard Viguerie in praising Holder's call for an end to mandatory minimum sentences for drug charges. 

DOJ: End Mandatory Min. for Drug Cases

Los Angeles Times Staff

Fed. prosecutors will no longer seek long, "mandatory minimum" sentences for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, under a major shift in policy.