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U.S. Attorney General “Too many people go to too many prisons for far too long”

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“Too many people go to too many prisons for far too long for no good law enforcement reason.… Statutes passed by legislatures that mandate sentences, irrespective of the unique facts of an individual case, too often bear no relation to the conduct at issue, breed disrespect for the system, and are ultimately counterproductive. It is time to examine our systems and determine what truly works. We need to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, to rehabilitate, and to deter — and not simply to warehouse and forget.”

— U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on April 4, 2013, at the15th Annual National Action Network Convention.

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