On Monday, federal Judge Shira A. Scheindlin issued a 198-page opinion that eviscerated the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk practices. Later that day, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice will stop seeking mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders. In the wake of all this, Jennifer Gonnerman asks an interesting question in a good blog post over at New York magazine: Is this the beginning of the end of the tough-on-crime era?
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