Eric Holder, fiscal general de los Estados Unidos, ha manifestado que, con las nuevas directrices, espera que miles de autores de delitos de drogas que están cumpliendo condena puedan optar a una reducción de la pena. Más información, en inglés, está disponible abajo.

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The US Justice Department will widen the criteria it uses to decide which drug offenders to recommend to the president for clemency, attorney general Eric Holder said on Monday.

Eric Holder announced Monday the Justice Department will widen its clemency criteria for drug offenders. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The department expects thousands of drug offenders currently serving time to be eligible for reduced sentences under the new clemency guidelines and it will prepare to review an influx of applications, Holder said in a video address.

Under US law, the president can reduce sentences or pardon Americans serving sentences for federal crimes. The Justice Department will now recommend more candidates for the president's consideration.

Details of the new criteria will be announced later this week by deputy attorney general James Cole.

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