New federal and state policies designed to divert nonviolent criminals away from prison have resulted in a “historic” drop in the US prison population, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Perhaps more surprising, many Conservative politicians agree with Attorney General Eric Holder’s “lighter touch.”

“The number of federal inmates has fallen by 4,800 since last year to a total of 215,000 – the first time the federal prison population has registered an annual decline since 1980.”

(READ the story from CS Monitor)

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