Al Capone-style drug laws needed

Posted: May 18, 2014 at 3:36 a.m.

After a ruinous 30-year experiment in harsh sentences for narcotics trafficking resulting in mass incarceration, policymakers are having second thoughts. Many states have reformed their laws to shorten sentences. Congress is giving serious consideration to the Smarter Sentencing Act, which would do the same. The U.S. Sentencing Commission has just adopted a proposal to revise federal guidelines.

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