[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] announced [DOJ press release] Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] is expanding its criteria for recommending clemency to federal prisoners convicted of certain drug crimes. Holder's announcement recapped the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA) [text, PDF] that President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010, which addresses sentencing disparities for people convicted of crimes involving cocaine. The new, expanded criteria, to be announced later this week, will increase the amount...

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