(NEWSER– Eric Holder is revealed what the Washington Post called the planned "cornerstone of the rest of his tenure": a revamp of federal prison policy.

And one part of the overhaul — a big change to sentencing for low-level drug offenders — is getting a great deal of attention.

As Reuters reported, the attorney general announced that those arrested for low-level, nonviolent drug crimes who aren't linked to gangs or drug rings will no longer face "draconian mandatory minimum sentences."

An excerpt of his planned remarks:

  • "By reserving the most severe penalties for serious, high-level, or violent drug traffickers, we can better promote public safety, deterrence, and rehabilitation — while making our expenditures smarter and more productive... We cannot simply prosecute or incarcerate our way to becoming a safer nation."

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