Attorney General Eric Holder Wants to Change How to Handle Drug-Related Crimes
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. is facing massive overcrowding in its prisons. Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes in the nation's criminal justice system in an effort scale back harsh sentences for some drug-related crimes. Monday, Holder released details of his new initiative called "Smart on Crime." It suggests people convicted of low-level offenses be sent to drug treatment and community service programs, instead of being put behind bars. Another change to policy would be to get rid of the mandatory minimum sentences for low-level, non-violent drug offenders with no ties to large-scale organizations, gangs, or cartels. According to CBS, mandatory minimum prison sentences are part of a policy that has been around since the government's war on drugs in the 1980s. Holder says they have been "counterproductive."