Holder’s Charging Order Aims to Reduce Prison Population

Post Date: August 12, 2013

(Washington Post – quotes Julie Stewart) — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s proposed prison reforms drew praise from criminal justice experts Monday, but some critics said the proposals do not go far enough to begin overhauling a costly and broken law enforcement system.

In an effort to reduce the population of the nation’s overflowing ­federal prisons, Holder directed his 94 U.S. attorneys across the country to stop charging low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with offenses that impose severe mandatory sentences. Read more…