U.S. to expand criteria under which drug offenders may be pardoned

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 21, 2014 11:46 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department will widen the criteria it uses to decide which drug offenders to recommend to the president for clemency, Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday.

Holder said the department expects thousands of drug offenders currently serving time to be eligible for pardoning and it will prepare to review an influx of applications.

(Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Doina Chiacu)