DOJ Report: Reduce Jail Time for Some Drug Crimes

As prison populations swell, the Justice Department is seeking sentencing changes that would keep tough penalties for violent and repeat drug offenses, but provide reduced or alternative sentences for less serious offenders, the Leaf Chronicle reports. Jonathan Wroblewski, director of the Justice Department’s policy and legislation office, wrote an annual report sent Thursday to the U.S. Sentencing Commission urging the independent agency to consider sentencing changes enacted at the state level as potential models for change at the federal level.