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Washington (CNN) -- The Justice Department will no longer pursue mandatory minimum sentences for certain low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday, noting the nation is "coldly efficient in jailing criminals," but that it "cannot prosecute or incarcerate" its way to becoming safer.
"Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason," Holder told the American Bar Association's House of Delegates in San Francisco.
He questioned some assumptions about the criminal justice system's approach to the "war on drugs," saying that excessive incarceration has been an "ineffective and unsustainable" part of it.
Although he said the United States should not abandon being tough on crime, Holder embraced steps to address "shameful" racial disparities in sentencing, the budgetary strains of overpopulated prisons and policies for incarceration that punish and rehabilitate, "not merely to warehouse and forget."
Holder invoked President Barack Obama, saying the two had been talking about the issues and agreed to try to "strike a balance" that clears the way for a "pragmatic" and "commonsense" solutions to enhance public safety and the "public good."
The centerpiece of Holder's plan is to scale back prosecution for certain drug offenders -- those with no ties to large-scale organizations, gangs or cartels. He said they would no longer be charged with offenses that "impose draconian mandatory minimum sentences."
They now "will be charged with offenses for which the accompanying sentences are better suited to their individual conduct, rather than excessive prison terms more appropriate for violent criminals or drug kingpins."
The changes are effective immediately.
Lessening the use of mandatory minimums -- sentences that require a "one-size-fits-all" punishment for those convicted of federal and state crimes -- could mark the end of the tough-on-crime era that began with strict anti-drug laws in the 1970s and accelerated with mandatory minimum prison sentences and so-called three-strikes laws.
The attorney general linked the effort to rethink mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crimes to key issues.
Holder said "unwarranted disparities are far too common" in the criminal justice system, reminding his audience that Obama alluded to some of the issues in remarks he made after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin last month, giving voice to African-American concerns that "there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws -- everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws."
Holder said the nation "must confront the reality" that once "people of color" are in the criminal justice system, they "often face harsher punishments than their peers." He called it "unacceptable," "shameful" and "unworthy" of the U.S. legal tradition.
Holder said the U.S. prison population has grown by almost 800% since 1980, and federal prisons are operating at nearly 40% above capacity.
"Even though this country comprises just 5% of the world's population, we incarcerate almost a quarter of the world's prisoners. More than 219,000 federal inmates are currently behind bars," he said, noting that almost half are serving time for drug-related crimes and have substance abuse problems.
Moreover, he said 9 million to 10 million more people cycle through America's local jails each year. And roughly 40% of former federal prisoners -- and more than 60% of former state prisoners -- are rearrested or have their supervision revoked within three years after their release.
It was not immediately clear Monday whether Holder's announcement would have any impact on people already in prison.
Economic, social burden
Holder said overcrowding at the federal, state and local levels is "both ineffective and unsustainable." He said it imposes a significant economic burden -- totaling $80 billion in 2010 alone -- and it comes with "human and moral costs that are impossible to calculate."
Legislation to lessen the use of mandatory minimums, Holder said, would ultimately save the United States billions.
Although Obama administration officials say the changes they are pursuing will not require congressional approval, some unlikely pairs of lawmakers have united to push for criminal justice changes.
Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky have worked together to allow judges to depart from mandatory minimum sentences when circumstances merit. Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois and Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah have undertaken similar efforts.
In recent years, there has been a rise in support among conservatives for reforms to the criminal justice system. While more flexible approaches to crimes have long held support among liberal Democrats, the fear of being tarred as weak on crime by Republican opponents has long caused moderate Democrats, particularly those running for president, to avoid the issue.
In addition to changes to mandatory minimums, Holder called for expanding the use of "compassionate release" from jail for those who "pose no threat to the public."
He also said the Justice Department is taking steps to identify practices for enhancing the use of drug treatment and community service programs as alternatives to jail.
Holder also said he has asked federal prosecutors to develop new guidelines for determining when federal charges should be filed and when they should not.
"I've also issued guidance to ensure that every case we bring serves a substantial federal interest and complements the work of our law enforcement partners," he said.
Holder additionally directed prosecutors to create comprehensive anti-violence strategies for badly afflicted areas.
The American Civil Liberties Union praised Holder's approach Monday, calling it an important step toward ending federal prison overcrowding and creating a "fairer criminal justice system."
Laura Murphy, director of the ACLU's Washington legislative office, said in a news release, however, that although Holder's announcement "is an important first step," Congress also must act to change laws that "lock up hundreds of thousands of Americans unfairly and unnecessarily."
Michael Mukasey, a former judge and an attorney general under President George W. Bush, said he is not a fan of mandatory minimums, but he does not support what Holder is doing.
"I generally agree with the goal of getting rid of mandatory minimums," said Mukasey. "But the way to do that is to pass a law," he said in an interview on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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of these diseases are blamed upon an evil enemy attack of bacteria.
This bacteria theory was first recorded in European history by John
Astrue, a physician to Louis XIV, and is still used today to justify
Caucasians medical mythology, ignorance and practices based upon
The bacteria theory (mythology) assumes that evil bacteria are always trying to attack people. Unsanitary conditions, ignorance, superstitions, medically caused diseases, vaccinations, poor hygiene and uncleanliness cause the accumulation of toxins in the body. The body is well equipped to control and eliminate impurities if good hygiene is followed. However, science mythology and the religious belief that evil (devil) is out to destroy peoples health keeps this widespread paranoia alive'.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday August 02, 2013
CURE YOUR CREAMY CRACK ADDICTION WITH HAPPILY NATURAL DAY
(Atlanta GA – Aug. 02, 2013) Are you addicted to that "creamy crack"? Millions of women of African ancestry visit hair salons every month in search for a "fix" for their highly textured "nappy" natural hair. Ironically called a relaxer, this chemical remedy for a perceived problem of tense, tightly curled coils that occur naturally among African Americans; implies that African hair is wild & excited and needs to calm down. Some have lye, others have no - lye; however the overall truth is many Africans in America and throughout the globe use these temporary fixes; coincidentally called permanents, as a response to a deeply rooted condition of self-negation and hard-wired inferiority complexes – both results of slavery & colonization that can be tracked and identified globally; manifesting in a myriad of ways as people of indigenous descent attempt to conform to and assimilate into Western culture and standards of beauty.
Who has good hair? Pose that question to a room filled with women of African descent and the answer will predominately point to someone with straight or wavy hair. At Happily Natural Day; the hair that one was born with naturally is the best hair one can have, no need to conform or assimilate in order to be accepted by another cultures standard of beauty is necessary. Civil rights psychologist Kenneth Clark's Doll Study showed that black children had a higher affinity for white dolls versus black dolls in the early 1950's. The same study has been done repeatedly since and it continues to show the same results. How long will the black community allow this pathology to continue?
One hundred and fifty years have passed since the emancipation proclamation. Forty years have passed since the civil rights act. African American's cannot feel comfortable with their natural hair, skin tone & lips - how can we truly say that we are free? Africans have been instilled with such a deep sense of inferiority that we perpetuate this behavior from generation to generation; turning pathology to tradition, psychosocial illness to ritual.
Happily Natural Day is grassroots festival dedicated to holistic health, cultural awareness and social change. The festival promotes pride in being of African descent because for over 400 years Africans all over the globe were taught by the western educational system that African people were savages. Happily Natural Day has now reached its 11th consecutive year; founded in Richmond VA in 2003. We celebrate the festival in 2013 for the 5th consecutive time in Atlanta GA; the city that some refer to as “The Black Mecca”. Join us Saturday August 24th from 11am to 7pm in Atlanta, GA at South Cobb Recreation Center 875 Six Flags Dr for a full day of activities promoting holistic health and wellness, natural hair and social change for food, live music, an African vendor marketplace, workshops and children's activities all dedicated to instilling pride in people of African descent.
The 11th Annual Happily Natural Day is but one part of a greater commemoration of Black August; a tradition founded 34 years ago by the Black August Organizing Committee, designed to honor political prisoners held captive in prisons and concentration camps throughout the Americas as a result of their political views and actions against oppression, racism and tyranny and to act as a response to the need of Afrikan prisoners to form a principled and effective political unity to combat the racism and genocide against Afrikan people behind the walls. During the weekend of August 23rd - 25th; FTP Movement has organized several powerful events including a Black August Commemoration 5K Run for Freedom sponsored by RBG FIT CLUB, Crew Love: Black August Commemoration Concert; and “Its Bigger Than Your Afro”; a natural hair and fashion show presented by presented by The Good Hair Shop, DI-O Original Wearable Art, Harriets by Hekima, Nyemay Collectables & Axum Culture. FTP Movement will also screen the highly anticipated new film “Organizing is the New Cool”; which highlights the origins of FTP Movement and how they mobilize for social change across the country. For details and schedules of all events throughout the weekend; visit http://happilynaturalday.com
Come out to Happily Natural Day and support the cure for your creamy crack addiction!!
For more information on vendor opportunities, performing and sponsorship; visit the official Happily Natural Day website http://happilynaturalday.com or call 404-981-2797
About Happily Natural DayHappily Natural Day has a decade long history of bringing under represented issues in the African American community to light in an entertaining way. From natural haircare to urban agriculture the festival features world renown scholars, beauty professionals, visual and performing artists from around the world. Our vendor marketplace highlights independent business from around the country and our attendees are given a chance to support minority businesses while developing relationships with people of like minds who are dedicated to uplifting community.
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Animals instinctively fast when sick or hurt. The ill animal sips only water until well again.
Most people do just the opposite of the animals when they are sick. They maintain hectic work schedules and eat a rich diet, and take anything they can find to gain comfort.
Most are unaware that symptoms of runny nose or fever are the treatment the body has prescribed to remedy the c...ondition. The increased mucous production is the body's means of flushing away infected cells n toxins from the body.
Typical cold and fever symptoms that most will try to suppress are nothing more than the attempts of the body to restore balance and remove dis-ease itself.
By using drugs you abort the natural processes of the body, thereby making matters worse or prolonging the condition.
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The writer over at Dwellings of Thought,
Ali Altaf Mian, wrote about the Muslim practice of turning ones body
toward the Ka’ba during ritual prayer and the significance of facing a
dark building covered in black cloth when praying. In his discussion of
what the color black represents, he says this:
The Ka‘ba is covered in black for a reason. The color black contains all shades of pigment. The color black foregoes all other colors in its ability to absorb light; it is the ultimate sponge of radiance among the colors. Symbolically, then, the Ka‘ba absorbs all colors that spill out of the divine. The color black does not reflect or emit light elsewhere; light goes into it, losing its identity in the depth of the color black. Black is the site where difference of tonalities lives fully. Black is indeed beautiful.