Holder: It's Time to Reduce Sentences for Low-Level Drug Offenders
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Today in San Francisco, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made the case for sweeping changes to the U.S. criminal justice system, including shorter sentences for low-level drug offenders.
"It's clear... that too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long and for no truly good law enforcement reason," Holder said.
The Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has been fighting for years for reducing mandatory minimum sentences for simple drug possession, with limited success.
Host Stephanie Martin talks with the ACLU's Will Matthews, one of the leaders behind the campaign to reduce sentencing for nonviolent offenders.