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Federal authorities eased up on drug cases in 2014
Federal authorities eased up on drug cases in 2014

Federal prosecutors brought fewer cases against drug offenders in 2014 and pursued mandatory-minimum sentences far less often, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Tuesday, citing signs of progress in his effort to reform drug sentencing and ease prison overcrowding. "For years prior to this administration, federal prosecutors were not only encouraged but required to always seek the most severe prison sentence possible for all drug cases, no matter the relative risk they posed to public safety," Holder said during an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington. "I have made a break from that philosophy." In a sharp departure from the zero-tolerance...

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