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Attorney General Holder Seeks Reduced Sentences for Certain Prisoners

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 02:18:32 +0000

Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Attorney General Eric Holder is urging the U.S. Sentencing Commission to retroactively apply reduced sentences to certain prisoners.

On Tuesday, Holder said that the reduction in sentencing guidelines for federal drug offenses that was approved by the Commission in April should apply to some of those currently in prison. The Justice Department is expected to formally support a proposal under consideration by the U.S. Sentencing Commission to do just that.

The proposed sentencing reductions would be made retroactively for those prisoners who do not have "significant" criminal histories and whose offenses did not include aggravating factors, such as use of a weapon or violence.

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