BBC: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder supports a proposal to shorten prison sentences for most drug dealers.
The US Sentencing Commission in January proposed altering guidelines altogether to shorten penalties for many drug dealing crimes.
That proposal would reduce the average sentence of a drug trafficker by 11 months.
It would also shrink the federal prison population by 6,550 inmates over five years, the justice department said.
It estimates that 70% of drug dealing offenders would be affected by the change.
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