Tue Aug 13, 2013 AT 6:00 AM EDT
Attorney General Eric Holder called for “sweeping, systemic changes” to the American judicial system on Monday, urging “a frank and constructive dialogue about the need to reform a broken system,” reports the Huffington Post. Holder spoke in San Francisco to a gathering of the American Bar Association, presenting a series of policy changes designed to reduce the growing federal prison population. The Wall Street Journal reports the central change would reduce the frequency of charges that carry mandatory minimum prison sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. According to The Hill, Holder said he has ordered federal prosecutors to revamp statutes and provide more flexibility for judges in nonviolent drug offenses, including in sentences for people without ties to gangs or drug cartels.