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Eric Holder
Can Holder's reforms last?
Can Holder's reforms last?

For decades, federal prosecutors pushed for long, mandatory prison sentences for defendants convicted of drug crimes, regardless of whether the offenders were big-time narcotics kingpins or low-level dealers peddling loose joints on the street. The result was an explosion in the nation's prison population that has left authorities scrambling to build new prisons fast enough to keep up. With some 2 million people behind bars, the U.S. incarcerates a greater proportion of its citizens than any other nation on earth. Yet the country remains as far as ever from being able to claim victory in the vaunted "war on drugs." Since taking office six years ago, U.S. Attorney General...