Top Political News

News > Politics > Top Political News > Holder cautions against use of data in sentencing

Holder cautions against use of data in sentencing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is worried about fairness in sentencing. Holder says he's concerned about judges relying too heavily on data when they sentence criminal defendants. He says judges in several states have begun factoring in "risk assessments," such as a defendant's education or socioeconomic background. Holder says the use of that data often results in minorities being treated unfairly. He says sentences should reflect actual crimes committed, rather than a prediction of someone's likelihood to commit future crimes. Holder was appearing in Philadelphia Friday in a speech to criminal defense lawyers. The speech was intended to mark the one-year anniversary of Holder's "Smart on Crime" initiative, in which he instructed federal prosecutors to stop charging many nonviolent drug defendants with offenses that carry mandatory minimum sentences.

Top Political News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama believes it was in the best interest of the Secret...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. and Chinese diplomats publicly aired differences Wednesday over the protests in...
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accused of jumping a fence at the White House pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas court ruled Wednesday that Democrats can go without a U.S. Senate candidate on the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accused of jumping a fence at the White House pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that...