Katie Couric and Attorney General Eric Holder sat down for an in-depth interview that included discussions of sentencing reform.
"We have seen taken from various communities across the country young men [who] didn’t need to go to jail for as long as they did," he told Couric. "I’m determined to confront [this problem] as long as I’m attorney general."
To that end, Holder said the Justice Department was in the process of granting clemency to nonviolent federal drug offenders who have served at least 10 years in prison. He also said that the federal government should consider decriminalizing marijuana.
"The question of whether or not [marijuana and heroin] should be in the same category is something that I think we need to ask ourselves," he said.