Holder orders leniency for some drug offenders
People convicted of some drug crimes may avoid jail time under a new directive from the Obama administration.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is set to announce a policy that removes mandatory minimum sentences for low-level, non-violent drug offenders who do not have ties to gangs or drug cartels.
Holder calls the current mandatory sentences excessive and counter-productive.
With drug offenders making up half of the nation’s prison population, Holder argues the policy change will save the U.S billions of dollars.