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Federal prison population demographics

South Carolina residents are likely aware that mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses have been roundly criticized by both Republican and Democrat lawmakers. The harsh sentencing laws were introduced during the 1980s as crack cocaine became a nationwide problem, and they led to federal prison populations increasing by almost 800 percent between 1980 and 2012, according to some sources. About half of the nation's 200,000 or so federal inmates are serving sentences for drug offenses, and the Urban Institute released a report on Oct. 27 about the demographic makeup of this prison population.

Former USC football star facing drug charges

A former University of South Carolina running back was handed several criminal charges on Sept. 18. The former USC football star and a woman were taken into custody at their apartment in Lexington County. According to a statement from the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, the couple was under investigation for one month prior to the incident.

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