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Attorney General's Weekly Video Message: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 17, 2014

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Attorney General Eric Holder reflects on Dr. King's vision of social and economic justice and our shared faith in the ideals upon which the American Republic was founded.

The Attorney General's Weekly Video Message: Sentencing Reform

January 23, 2014

Attorney General Holder today called on Congress to pass common-sense reforms like the bipartisan Smarter Sentencing Act, which would give judges more discretion in determining appropriate sentences for people convicted of certain federal drug crimes. These reforms would advance the goals of the Smart on Crime initiative - and other efforts that are currently underway - by fundamentally improving policies that exacerbate, rather than alleviate, key criminal justice challenges.

The Attorney General's Weekly Video Message: Lifting the Hiring Freeze

February 10, 2014

Attorney General Holder today announced the lifting of the Justice Department-wide hiring freeze that's been in place for just over three years. Thanks to additional resources provided by Congress, the Department will finally be able to fill critical vacancies, and resume the hiring process for federal agents, prosecutors, analysts, and the other staff we need to fulfill our mission.

The Attorney General's Weekly Video Message: Protecting Consumers from Cybercrime and Identity Theft

February 24, 2014

Attorney General Holder today called on Congress to create a strong, national standard for quickly alerting consumers whose information may be compromised by cyberattacks. This legislation would strengthen the Justice Department's ability to combat crime, ensure individual privacy, and prevent identity theft - while bringing cybercriminals to justice.

Attorney General Holder Calls Rise in Heroin Overdoses 'Urgent Public Health Crisis,' Vows Mix of Enforcement, Treatment

March 10, 2014

Calling the rise in overdose deaths from heroin and other prescription pain-killers an “urgent public health crisis,” Attorney General Eric Holder vowed Monday that the Justice Department would combat the epidemic through a mix of enforcement and treatment efforts. As an added step, the Attorney General is also encouraging law enforcement agencies to train and equip their personnel with the life-saving, overdose-reversal drug known as naloxone.

Attorney General Holder Announces New Requirements for Halfway Houses to Boost Treatment Services

March 24, 2014

Touting the most significant drop in the federal prison population in three decades, Attorney General Eric Holder announced a critical new step to fight recidivism. For the first time, the Justice Department, through the Federal Bureau of Prisons, will require all 200-plus halfway houses in the federal system to offer standardized treatment to prisoners with mental health and substance abuse issues. Once fully implemented, following a 30-day comment period, these services will be available to all 30,000 federal inmates who are released through halfway houses each year.

Attorney General Holder Calls Tax Refund Fraud and Identity Theft a "Rising Threat"

April 7, 2014

Calling stolen identity refund fraud "a rising threat," Attorney General Holder warned Americans to be vigilant and protect their personal information as the April 15 tax filing deadline approaches. In the last year alone, the Justice Department charged more than 880 defendants involved in stolen identity refund fraud, and the IRS reports that it resolved and closed approximately 963,000 cases involving identity theft victims. Reinforcing the point that anyone can be a target, the Attorney General shared his recent experience with tax refund fraud after two people attempted to file with his personal information. The Attorney General also urged Americans to protect themselves by reporting suspicious activity and learning more at the IRS website or STOPFRAUD.GOV.

Attorney General Holder Urges Congress to Approve Funding for Active Shooter Situation Training

April 15, 2014

Amid an alarming rise in the number of active shooter incidents since 2009-and following the recent tragedies at Ft. Hood and at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas-Attorney General Eric Holder urged Congress to approve $15 million in funding for active shooter training and other officer safety initiatives. These initiatives are critical to providing front-line officers-who are usually first on the scene of an active shooting incident-with the tools, training, and equipment they need to respond to threats, to protect themselves, and to save innocent lives.

Justice Department to Expand Executive Clemency Criteria and Prepare for Increase in Eligible Petitions

April 21, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will soon detail new, more expansive criteria that the Department will use in considering when to recommend clemency applications for the President's review. The Attorney General said the Department will assign additional attorneys to review the new applications that are expected to result from this change. The new criteria will allow the Justice Department and the President to consider requests from a larger field of eligible and deserving individuals, and will ultimately serve to advance the goals of the Attorney General's "Smart on Crime" initiative-to strengthen the criminal justice system, promote public safety, and deliver on the promise of equal justice under the law.

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