The use of minimum sentences that span more than several years for possession of controlled substances is among the worst policies we have ever used in the criminal justice system. It sapped resources of counties and states for decades. It also kept those entities from making any substantive progress in treatment and prevention strategies.

For this, and other reasons, I will be a bit sad to see Mr. Obama leave office.

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