Holder Endorses Proposed Drug Sentencing Changes
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON, DC - Sentencing guidelines could be eased for certain nonviolent drug traffickers under a proposal that now has the backing of Attorney General Eric Holder.
Holder says the change would rein in bloated federal prison costs and create a fairer criminal justice system.
Holder is scheduled to appear Thursday before the U.S. Sentencing Commission, where he is expected to formally announce his support for the proposal.
It's part of a broader push for new federal sentencing policies, including his directive to prosecutors in August to stop charging many nonviolent drug defendants with offenses that carry mandatory minimum sentences.
In excerpts of his testimony, Holder says over reliance on prison time ``is not just financially unsustainable, it comes with human and moral costs that are impossible to calculate.''