Federal Prison Overcrowding Puts Workers In Danger, Director Tells Senate


Overcrowding in the federal prison system is putting prison workers in danger, prison director Charles Samuels Jr., told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday, reports the Huffington Post. Samuels said Attorney General Eric Holder's “Smart on Crime” initiative, which calls for federal prosecutors to consider providing certain non-violent offenders with access to special drug courts and other alternatives to incarceration, would help reduce the prison population. There were some reservations expressed about changing sentencing laws for drug offenders. “It's hard to think of a more successful domestic policy accomplished over the last 30 years than the reduction of crime rates that we have,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). “I'm concerned we're hearing many of the same kinds of voices that headed us towards greater crime starting in the 1960s.”

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