Holder Proposes Changes in Criminal Justice System

Post Date: August 12, 2013

(Associated Press — Mary Price interviewed)  — Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation’s criminal justice system — including scaling back the use of harsh sentences for some drug-related crimes.

The appeal comes as the nation faces massive overcrowding in its prisons.

In remarks to the American Bar Association in San Francisco, Holder also said he favors diverting people convicted of low-level offenses to drug treatment and community service programs. And he wants to expand a prison program to allow for release of some elderly, nonviolent offenders. Read more…