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New sentencing guidelines to ease prison overcrowding
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) The U.S. Attorney General is announcing new sentencing guidelines to ease prison overcrowding.
Attorney General Eric Holder told attorneys he wants less prison time and more rehabilitation for some drug offenders.
He made the announcement in a speech to the Bar Association Monday night in San Francisco.
Holder says non-violent offenders that are not connected to gangs or drug cartels don't need excessive prison terms.
He also says he wants to re-calibrate the federal criminal justice system because of disparities in prison sentences.
"Black male offenders have received sentences nearly 20% longer than white males convicted of similar crimes. This isn't just unacceptable. It's shameful," said Holder.
Holder says he also favors expanding a prison program to allow for release of some elderly, non-violent offenders.
He says these proposals would not only ease prison overcrowding, but will save the U.S. billions of dollars.