Saldaña Says "Smart on Crime" Will Have Little Effect on Her Office

Published 08/29 2013 04:54PM

Updated 08/29 2013 05:21PM

The U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas says there shouldn't be any concern in our district about Attorney General Eric Holder's "Smart on Crime" program.

Sarah Saldaña says the change in national policy reflects her district's current prosecution guidelines.

She says her office has never gone after low-level drug offenders, those who use but don't distribute, and that's because there are too many of those offenders in the state.

Saldaña says hefty sentences, including mandatory prison sentences, should be saved for high-level offenders.

"They should be used for people who are part of large conspiracies, are members of drug cartels, are violent criminals, weapons are involved and that kind of thing," she says. "And really, that's always been a focus of our prosecution."

Saldaña says it's her office's goal to go after crimes that have an impact on communities and if lower-level, non-violent crimes do that, she'll prosecute them to the fullest extent.

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