Drug Crime

12:03am

Tue November 26, 2013
Music News

AK-47s, Accordions And Angels Of Death: Narcocorridos Hit The Big Screen

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:28 am

Edgar Quintero of the band Los Bukanas de Culiacan likens what he does in the narcocorrido genre to gangster rap.
Shaul Schwarz Cinedigm

2:36pm

Thu August 29, 2013

5:01am

Mon August 12, 2013
Politics

Holder Decries 'Draconian Mandatory Minimum Sentences'

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 1:50 pm

The sun sets behind a guard tower at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind.
Scott Olson AFP/Getty Images

(We put a new top on this post at 1:40 p.m. ET.)

Arguing that it is "well past time to address persistent needs and unwarranted disparities," Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday laid out more of the Obama administration's thinking on changes it wants to make to the way nonviolent offenders are prosecuted and how they are punished.

"Our system is in too many ways broken," Holder told the American Bar Association at its annual meeting in San Francisco. "The course we are on is far from sustainable."

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2:22am

Wed August 7, 2013
Law

With Holder In The Lead, Sentencing Reform Gains Momentum

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 9:21 am

Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for significant changes to the way the nation deals with convicted criminals. And he's not alone.
Evan Vucci AP

Sit down with the attorney general to ask him about his priorities, as NPR did earlier this year, and he'll talk about voting rights and national security. But if you listen a bit longer, Eric Holder gets to this: "I think there are too many people in jail for too long, and for not necessarily good reasons."

This is the nation's top law enforcement officer calling for a sea change in the criminal justice system. And he's not alone.

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3:58pm

Tue August 6, 2013
National

Border Drug Busts Putting Strain On Texas County's Budget

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 5:25 pm

Trains that once deposited travelers for shopping and dining in dusty Sierra Blanca, Texas, no longer stop here. Interstates further eroded the local economy as more people chose to live and shop in El Paso, 85 miles away.
G.W. Schulz The Center for Investigative Reporting

As they walk through the front door, visitors to the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office in Sierra Blanca, Texas, get punched by the overpowering odor of marijuana.

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