Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for more federal help for local communities battling drugs and crime.
She outlined her plan in Philadelphia, a key city in her battle with Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.
She's calling for the reinstatement of anti-crime programs enacted during her husband's time in the White House, and severely cut or eliminated by the Bush adminsitration.
Clinton says her plan would steer nonviolent offenders away from prisons, which are crowded with drug users. She said she would elimate a federal mandate that's tougher on crack cocaine users than other cocaine users. More black Americans use crack cocaine than whites, and under sentencing laws wind up being treated more harshly.
She also calls for reinstating the assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004.
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