Holder announces he wants a change in policy
The country’s top cop wants mandatory sentences for some drug offenses to stop. And some of his biggest critics, namely Texas Republicans, agree with him.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the one-size fits all sentences for drug crimes no longer makes sense.
“We cannot simply prosecute or incarcerate our way to being a safer nation,” Holder said. “We must face the reality that, as it stands, our system is in too many ways broken.”
Holder's announcement will affect low level, non-violent offenders. State Representative Steve Toth from the Woodlands thinks change is needed.
“What we’re doing is just not working,” Toth told KTRH. “These guys will never get a job. They’re heading to a life of crime. What I do want to see is these small time offenders getting into a drug treatment program as opposed to sending them to jail.”
Toth sits on the Texas Corrections and Criminal Jurisprudence Committees. Holder wouldn't be putting violent criminals back on the streets with this change, but leaving things the way they are would.
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“We’re sending them away with their associates degree in criminology. When they get out in a year, they get out with their PHD,” Toth stated.
Texas uses treatment programs, which Holder pointed to as an example. Toth says it's been effective.
“It saves the state millions of dollars. And we’ll take that kid and turn them into a productive member of society as opposed to a professional criminal,” Toth explained.