U.S. Attorney General on New Requirements for Federal Halfway Houses to Service Released Prisoners


In a video message on March 25, 2014, U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced new rules requiring federal halfway houses to provide transportation assistance and cell phone access to assist those locked behind bars with employment opportunities upon release to help them transition back into society.
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Attorney General Holder Urges Changes in Federal Sentencing Guidelines

by Mary C. Piemonte

Department of Justice courtesy photo of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Department of Justice courtesy photo of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

In his “latest step to alter the federal government’s approach to dealing with nonviolent drug offenders” yesterday,  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder “endorsed a proposed change to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines that would reserve the harshest penalties for the most serious drug offenders.”

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How Other Countries Deal With Drug Use

by Mary C. Piemonte

Franz Trautmann, a representative from the Netherlands, talking about how other countries deal with drug use, during the “Rethinking the War on Drugs” symposium at Northwestern Law School on Feb. 20, 2014.

U.S. “Smarter Sentencing Act” for Non-Violent Low-Level Drug Offenses

by Mary C. Piemonte

U. S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) talking about the bipartisan “Smarter Sentencing Act”  at the “Rethinking the War on Drugs” symposium at Northwestern Law School on Feb. 20, 2014.
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U.S. “Smart on Crime” Initiative

by Mary C. Piemonte

U.S.  Attorney Zachary T. Fardon (Northern District of Illinois)  talking about the “focal points” of the Department of Justice “Smart on Crime” Initiative, which is a change in the drug trafficking statute with regards to prevention and reentry and  charging and sentencing low-level nonviolent drug offenders, at the “Rethinking the War on Drugs” Symposium at Northwestern Law School on Feb. 20, 2014.