Stanton: Memphis Policies in Step with Holder Plan

When U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder talked this week about “a fundamentally new approach” to the crimes federal prosecutors pursue and the sentences they seek, he outlined an approach that has been taking shape in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee for several years, the Memphis Daily News reports. According to the publication, Holder’s “Smart on Crime” initiatives include the re-entry and drug court dockets already in use in the Western District of Tennessee to continue direct supervision by a judge of offenders after they serve their federal time. “Diversion was something that was somewhat nonexistent,” said Ed Stanton, U.S. Attorney for West Tennessee. “It’s been my policy that diversion should certainly be a tool to be considered when warranted.”