Change on the way for federal prison sentencing

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Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013 10:38 am | Updated: 5:53 pm, Mon Aug 12, 2013.

SARASOTA, FL - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to make a major announcement on drug crime sentencing guidelines today.

According to an advance copy of remarks he'll make in San Francisco, Holder will announce that federal prosecutors will stop seeking "mandatory minimum" sentences for people convicted of non-violent drug offenses.

Officials say this new policy will mean fewer federal prison inmates, and will save taxpayer money.

Nearly 220,000 inmates are currently in federal custody, and federal prisons are at 40% over capacity.

ABC 7 Reporter Bobeth Yates is following the story, and will take a closer look at the state of federal prisons here in Florida.

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