“The Justice Department’s new policy urging harsher punishments for most criminals is meant to target the worst gang members and drug traffickers, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Friday in an effort to mollify critics who fear a revival of drug war policies.
“‘We’re not about filling prisons,’ Rosenstein told The Associated Press in his first interview since becoming the Justice Department’s No. 2 official. ‘The mission is to reduce violent crime and drug abuse, and this helps us do that.'”