United States Attorney General Eric Himpton Holder, Jr., said that federal prosecutors are currently revising how drug defendants are being charged and punished, citing statistics that reveal sentences meted out to defendants are no longer based on rigid formulas but on the circumstances of each crime, an Associated Press article reported.
According to the data garnered by the United States Sentencing Commission, during the last year, prosecutors were seen going after more violent drug criminals while veering away from seeking harsh punishments for low-level drug offenders.
The figures revealed that federal prosecutors sought mandatory minimum punishments in 51% of drug cases, signifying the lowest rate on record, in the year that ended last September.
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