Can an article from 2015 be just as relevant today as it was two years ago?
"[T]he vast majority of federal drug offenders serving outsize sentences are in for low-level, nonviolent crimes, and have no serious history of violence."
One federal lawmaker, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, claims that the Department of Justice is spending too much on prisons. Leahy has spent considerable time and effort on reform, specifically prison overcrowding and sentencing, and has worked on two significant bills known as the Justice Safety Valve Act and the Smarter Sentencing Act.
Colorado and Washington voters decided to legalize the possession of marijuana for personal consumption in their state when they went to the polls yesterday. Anyone 21 years old or older is no longer breaking state drug laws if they possess 28.5 grams (1 ounce) of marijuana or less.
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