What You Need To Know About Holder’s Drug Sentencing Proposal And The State Of America’s Prison Population



Prison Policy Initiative




” Holder’s endorsement today is not the first time that he has advocated for drug sentencing reforms. Last August, Holder announced that the Department of Justice would not pursue mandatory minimums for some non-violent drug offenders.  

  The United States, which makes up roughly 5 percent of the world’s population, houses about 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.

  The federal prison system currently has around 216,000 prisoners, a little more than 40 percent of whom are behind bars for drug offenders.

  The chart below (ed. above) , from the Prison Policy Initiative, breaks down just where American prisoners are locked up, and the various crimes with which they’re charged.. “


Visit Reason for more