Federal prosecutors are charging fewer defendants with drug crimes as part of an initiative to target more serious and violent offenders, a top Justice Department official said Monday.
Deputy Atty. Gen. Sally Yates said newly released statistics showed that federal prosecutors brought nearly 20% fewer drug cases in fiscal year 2015 than they did in fiscal 2012, the year before the Justice Department launched its "Smart on Crime Initiative," which has sought to recalibrate how it uses its resources to combat narcotics crimes.
The drop amounts to nearly 5,000 fewer drug offenders entering the federal judicial system, Yates said.
“We were looking...