New Clemency Criteria Aims to Reduce Prison Rolls

New Justice Department criteria for evaluating clemency petitions will likely result in thousands of new applications from federal prisoners, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. The new criteria are aimed at inmates serving time for nonviolent drug offenses and are intended to reduce the nation's federal prison population. Holder said the change will "ensure that those who have paid their debts have a chance to become productive citizens." WRCB carried the Associated Press report.