U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says America should be both tough and smart on crime, reports the Chicago Tribune. Addressing the American Bar Association convention in Chicago, he said jail is not always the best solution to a crime problem.
He said the country’s high incarceration rate makes little sense, economically and socially. “But in almost all cases, spending on prisons continues to rise,” Holder said. “This is unsustainable economically.” He called for new strategies and tools to fight crime, such as studying what happens to inmates once they leave prison and developing programs based more on their failure or success.