LANSDOWNE, Va. (AP) — The president of Justice Fellowship, a branch of Prison Fellowship Ministries, is welcoming Attorney General Eric Holder's proposals to reduce prison crowding by scaling back the use of harsh sentences for certain drug-related crimes.
Craig DeRoche says mandatory minimum sentences can turn non-violent drug addicts into hardened criminals.
In remarks to the American Bar Association, the attorney general said he favors diverting low-level offenders who aren't connected to gangs or cartels to drug treatment and community service programs.
DeRoche says faith-based programs like those sponsored by Prison Fellowship are among the most effective.
Holder also said he favors expanding a prison program to allow for release of some elderly, non-violent offenders.
DeRoche says many inmates whose lives have been changed through faith-based programs could safely be released, but are willing to remain in prison to minister to others.
Created: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 05:14:50 EST
Updated: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 05:14:50 EST