Prison cell with bed inside Alcatraz main building san francisco californiaThe Obama administration has just announced plans to cut minimum sentences for some drug offenses.Attorney General Eric Holder said that minimum sentences would not be enforced for non-violent drug offenders with no gang or cartel ties. The Attorney General advocated sending users to drug rehab instead. This is the end of a policy started in the 1980s as the War on Drugs, which instead of stopping drugs, has resulted in one of the largest prison populations in the world and hits minorities the hardest.

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