Eric Holder out

Attorney General Eric Holder announced plans this week to resign. Holder, one of the longest running attorney generals in history, took a hard look at the criminal justice system, saying in a speech in August 2013 that “too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long.” And he supports reducing mandatory sentencing minimums for drug-related crimes.

Here’s what President Barack Obama had to say about Holder during the resignation announcement, thanks to CNN:

Interestingly, Bloomberg BusinessWeek notes that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has been floated to be a potential successor to Holder. That could be a good fit given what we know of Patrick’s interest in incarceration issues. In May, Patrick signed a law, for example, banning the shackling of female inmates who are in labor.

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