U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder recently announced that people convicted of certain low-level drug crimes will no longer be given severe mandatory prison sentences.

The nation’s top cop has not gotten soft on crime, he is simply confronting one of the realities of the war on drugs — overflowing prisons.

Criminalizing victimless free choice not only creates crime, it also makes criminals of otherwise decent people. This nonsense has filled the nation’s prisons. Private prisons have now become a $3-billion-a-year industry, growing by 1,600 percent between 1990 and 2010.

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