Attorney General Eric Holder will call for major changes in the federal criminal justice system, including doing away with some mandatory minimum sentencing policies.
During a speech before the American Bar Association on Monday, Holder will direct federal prosecutors to change they way they file charges for some drug crimes, to reduce the number of convictions for offenses that carry inflexible, mandatory minimum sentences.
According to an early release of his remarks, Holder will also push for early release of seniors and ill inmates who no longer pose a danger to society, yet require expensive special care.
"The bottom line is that, while the aggressive enforcement of federal criminal statutes remains necessary, we cannot simply prosecute or incarcerate our way to becoming a safer nation,'' Holder will say, according to excerpts of his prepared remarks. "We must never stop being tough on crime. But we must also be smarter on crime.''