Stanton: New DOJ Strategy is ‘Smarter’ on Crime

In an opinion piece published Saturday in the Jackson Sun, Western District U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton applauds the Justice Department’s new “Smart on Crime” initiative and lays out his plans for implementing its core objectives. Under the plan, announced last month by Attorney General Eric Holder, federal prosecutors are to focus on the most serious criminal cases, pursue alternatives to incarceration, improve reentry efforts and focus on protecting the most vulnerable in society. Stanton touts the work his office already has done in these areas and explains how the initiative will further refine and extend those efforts.