Holder to Recommend Reduced Sentences for Some Drug Offenders


Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Drug offenders might soon face new, more lenient penalties.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is poised to make two recommendations Thursday to reduce the length of time in prison by about a year for 70 percent of the drug cases, reserving the harshest sentences for criminal traffickers.  

His request will go to the independent board, which gives federal judges sentencing guidelines and to U.S. attorneys to seek shorter prison terms for those convicted of less serious drug possessions.

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