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Attorney General Holder Hopes to Cut Sentences of up to 20,000 Prisoners Under New Rules
The Atlanta Black Star ^ | June 10, 2014 | Nick Chiles

Posted on 06/11/2014 8:17:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

In a proposal that could have a far-reaching impact on the Black community, Attorney General Eric Holder is urging the U.S. Sentencing Commission to cut the sentences of as many as 20,000 federal prisoners serving time for nonviolent drug offenses.

It is Holder’s latest move to reform the sentencing guidelines that he has said disproportionately affect African-American males.

The Justice Department appealed Tuesday to the U.S. Sentencing Commission to make some prisoners retroactively eligible for reduced sentences. The commission has already approved a measure to reduce drug sentences for future nonviolent offenders. This would apply to offenders already in federal prison — affecting an estimated 9 percent of the 217,000 federal prisoners. The pitch was made by Sally Yates, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, and Charles Samuels, director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

“Not everyone in prison for a drug-related offense would be eligible,” Holder said Tuesday. “Nor would everyone who is eligible be guaranteed a reduced sentence. But this proposal strikes the best balance between protecting public safety and addressing the overcrowding of our prison system that has been exacerbated by unnecessarily long sentences.”

“We believe that the federal drug sentencing structure in place before the amendment resulted in unnecessarily long sentences for some offenders and that has resulted in significant prison overcrowding,” Yates said in prepared remarks for the hearing.

In other Justice Department news, a bipartisan group of 21 senators sent a letter to Holder asking for the department to investigate the Veterans Affairs scandal.

Authored by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., the letter follows an internal audit by the VA released Monday showing more than 57,000 veterans had been waiting for up to three months for a medical appointment, and that an additional 64,000 who enrolled in the agency’s health care over the past decade may have never been seen by a doctor. This audit came on the heels of an interim inspector general report from the Phoenix VA facility finding that 1,700 veterans were waiting for a primary care appointment but not found on any waiting list. The Phoenix facility is the one that initially made news when it was reported that up to 40 veterans died waiting for care.

“Evidence of secret waiting times, falsification of records, destruction of documents, and other potential criminal wrongdoing has appalled and angered the nation, and imperiled trust and confidence in the Veterans Health Administration,” the senators said in the letter. “While we commend and appreciate the IG’s pursuit of his inquiry, an effective and prompt criminal investigation must inevitably involve the resources of the Department of Justice, including the FBI.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bhodoj; crime; drugs; ericholder; holder; justice; obama; prison; veterans

1 posted on 06/11/2014 8:17:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Does anyone still doubt that this is not the Administration of “the people?” This is the Administration of (what’s the current term?) the peeps of color and is aligned AGAINST all other peeps.


2 posted on 06/11/2014 8:21:39 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just hope they keep the white criminals locked up and out of my white neighborhood.


3 posted on 06/11/2014 8:23:33 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If I remember how this brouhaha began, black communities had cried out about a problem with crack cocaine dealing. The penalties for this drug became worse than that for powder cocaine, because the black community had ASKED for that.

Now maybe they, and others, overreacted. But the scene does have a bit of a whiff of the smell of the orphan who begged mercy for having killed his parents. Didn’t anybody learn anything?


4 posted on 06/11/2014 8:24:11 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Turn ‘em lose. As a matter of fact you should release all black inmates and refuse to arrest any more.

Then just sit back and watch.


5 posted on 06/11/2014 8:24:15 PM PDT by OSHA (One despises and wants to destroy the United States, the other is a dead terrorist.)
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To: Rembrandt

I find it highly suspect that this announcement comes on the heels of the INVASION at the southern U.S. Border.

Heres some junk..and by the way........ heres some really bad junk.


6 posted on 06/11/2014 8:27:17 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let the criminals out, let the illegals in, let middle class Americans go to Hell....


7 posted on 06/11/2014 8:28:09 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: OSHA

20, 000 members of Obies Army.

Angry when they went in...RADICALIZED when they get out

Muslim Radicals? very well could be!


8 posted on 06/11/2014 8:28:33 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Forth go the Democrat armies....


9 posted on 06/11/2014 8:28:59 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bullshit ... he’s starting a race war and he’s enlisting as many thugs that he can.


10 posted on 06/11/2014 8:30:03 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: knarf

Show me somewhere in history where a 12% minority took on a 76% majority and won.


11 posted on 06/11/2014 8:33:23 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: MeshugeMikey

It’s that “flexibility” he promised.


12 posted on 06/11/2014 8:34:44 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

More chaos in America. They have their agendas.


13 posted on 06/11/2014 8:34:45 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: clintonh8r

14 posted on 06/11/2014 8:36:30 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Release them all in the home town neighborhoods of Mr. Holder, Pelosi, Reid, Bloomberg, Clinton, and the editors of Politico, the Washington Post, NY Times, LA Times, and Chicago Tribune editors along with all the Hollywood donors, Zuckerberg, Bill,Gates, etc.


15 posted on 06/11/2014 8:39:59 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
winning a war is not the issue, imo ... just getting the rumble started is the initial momentum for calling martial law.

NO ONE in their right mind thinks this is a legitimate government.

There is nothing governmental about what we are dealing with.

Our hope is there are enough promise keepers and LEO's that will support us during the mayhem about to break out.

16 posted on 06/11/2014 8:40:38 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I second that motion. All in favor?


17 posted on 06/11/2014 8:41:04 PM PDT by Kackikat
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The he first thing that happens when Thaddeus dealers get out is they either start dealing again or move in to crimes that get almost zero follow up....aka bank fraud id theft and other non violent crimes....but the vast majority go straight back to drug dealing.

I am a cop so I have some first hand knowledge of this stuff..in fact as I sit here in my car down by the waterfront enjoying my day off watching the sunset...the ford escort station wagon to my right contains a white male a white female passenger and a white dude whom they phoned to come meet them and buy some heroin

Heroin dealing goes on everyday....everywhere....girl looked clean driver loom d all greasy like heroin and pill user....guy who walked definitely dealing and using heroin.


18 posted on 06/11/2014 8:43:02 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (I am the Tea Party bully who took Mitch McConnell's milk money.)
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To: knarf

I agree with that. I think Obama wants a revolution, a civil war, a race war — whatever he can get, however anyone wishes to characterize it.

I don’t think Obama cares who wins. He may not care if he survives it. If his only goal is destruction of this country (and I think that is his goal) then the conflict and the devastation is the only real point. Who cares who wins?

He just wants it to start — he knows that we will never be the same after that flashpoint. That is victory enough.


19 posted on 06/11/2014 8:50:51 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: knarf
Martial law after the crap they've just pulled (VA scandal, Bergdahl, Benghazi, Tricare, etc.) are they high? Sure, there’ll be some troops that’ll do whatever the administration wants, like that Sergeant Major at Parris Island.
20 posted on 06/11/2014 8:58:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Confusion is better than surprise ... that’s why flash bangs are so effective


21 posted on 06/11/2014 9:03:50 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Well, Obama would get a very well trained army. Likely with the “right” religion. 20,000 is only a beginning.


22 posted on 06/11/2014 9:12:41 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Rembrandt

Just Us


23 posted on 06/11/2014 9:14:16 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi or Atty General Holder, who brought more guns to Mexico?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Show me somewhere in history where a 12% minority took on a 76% majority and won.

They may not take us on that way. They will, for the foreseeable future, keep picking us off a few at a time. The longer I look at this, the more I think whites do not have the stomach to fight this, and the government will never allow a white back lash.

24 posted on 06/11/2014 9:17:20 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Mark17

“Allow” you say? When TSHF, there’ll be no such word.


25 posted on 06/11/2014 9:22:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can we send them all to Washington, D.C.?


26 posted on 06/11/2014 9:24:21 PM PDT by eldoradude (How many democrats does it take to change a light bulb?)
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To: Ray76



27 posted on 06/11/2014 9:24:50 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: JimSEA

word has it that there’s a lot of convertifyin goin on... at Stoney Lonseome


28 posted on 06/11/2014 9:31:01 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, the one thing that the Obama administration does very well is to let criminals out of prison.


29 posted on 06/11/2014 9:33:51 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Melowese Richardson - Democrat Vote Fraud Expert)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Releasing all 20,000 is fine with me.............as long as Holder takes their place. He is more dangerous.


30 posted on 06/11/2014 9:38:17 PM PDT by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

fta... he has said disproportionately affect African-American males.
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Holder fails to mention that most of the drug crimes are done by blacks, so the number of blacks incarcerated are obviously going to be greater.


31 posted on 06/11/2014 9:51:38 PM PDT by octex
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And how many of these were plea bargins down from more serious crimes?


32 posted on 06/11/2014 10:19:55 PM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I suspect that most of H0lders held peeps are sentence challenged.


33 posted on 06/11/2014 10:39:24 PM PDT by Paladin2
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Most people on this thread don’t have their thinking caps on....

20,000 NON VIOLENT - convicted men. Drug crimes.

Worst case is these guys get back on the street and go right back to selling dope. More dope = more drugged up Americans too stoned to riot or revolt or give 2 shits about voting.

It costs what on average to house a federal inmate? $30k?
So this move saves the US govt. $600million a year! Could it be? Democrats actually about to save money?

The problem isn’t with letting this 20k out... It’s why can’t we let out 40k. For decades now federal sentencing has been inhumanely severe. Virtual life sentences dealt out like candy for non-violent crimes.

As a conservative I’m humiliated that our once proud Nation has put more people in prison than any other country on the planet. China, Russia? Nope - more people locked up and more per capita locked up in the “Land of the Free”. Disgusting.


34 posted on 06/11/2014 11:26:33 PM PDT by RC51
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Non-violent drug dealers, really? Just another asswipe race baiter. Remember the FALN under the rapist Clinton that were released.


35 posted on 06/11/2014 11:40:06 PM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: RC51

Unlike any other nation we literally pay the poverty plantation to generate our prison population.


36 posted on 06/12/2014 5:33:11 AM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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