http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/12/politics/ ... -minimums/
Washington (CNN) -- The Justice Department will no longer pursue mandatory minimum sentences for certain low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday, noting the nation is "coldly efficient in jailing criminals," but that it "cannot prosecute or incarcerate" its way to becoming safer.
franco b wrote:They ignore what law they please. Immigration law has been ignored for years by both parties.
Richard S. wrote:franco b wrote:They ignore what law they please. Immigration law has been ignored for years by both parties.
To some dgree but this is specific law, if the law says mandatory minimum it's not recommended minimum. How does a prosecutor decide not to enforce it? What's he going to decide to not enforce next?
It's the same thing with the AG here in PA with the gay marriage ban, she decided she wasn't going to defend it. That was she was elected to do, she doesn't have a choice. Her personal opinions are irrelevant.
samhill wrote:If we keep going at the rate we are it will soon be cheaper to house the non-criminals in the prisons we have than to build enough for all of the minor offenders that have to serve a minimum sentence. Lets face it when a law doesn't work & just continues to get worse as the decades go by it's way past time to admit it was a failure.
Richard S. wrote:I'd agree with him but his opinion is no more important than mine on what the law is. How do you go about not enforcing the law?