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U.S. law official to Canada: Long jail terms for minor drug crimes 'a colossal mistake'

Published 02/22/2012, Canadian Press

"When you start going down this road of building more prisons and sending people away for long periods of time, and you convince yourself that this is going to deter people you've made a colossal mistake," said Eric E. Sterling, president of the Maryland-based Criminal Justice Policy Foundation and former counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.

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