States and local jurisdictions may have to answer for some of their policies, laws and legislation that serve as barrier to human rights access for citizens living within their bounds. Just how that will unfold is still being considered; however, the mere fact that an appointment has made this admission is critical in moving forward with better serving “WE the people”.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Monday that low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with no ties to gangs or large-scale drug organizations will no longer be charged with offenses that impose severe mandatory sentences. He also introduced a policy to reduce sentences for elderly, nonviolent inmates and find alternatives to prison for nonviolent criminals.
“We must face the reality that, as it stands, our system is, in too many ways, broken,” Holder said. “And with an outsized, unnecessarily large prison population, we need to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, to deter and to rehabilitate — not merely to warehouse and to forget.”
“A vicious cycle of poverty, criminality and incarceration traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities,” Holder said Monday.
How do we fix the problems that continue to keep certain people relegated to mistreatement and injustice?