Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., addressing the American Bar Association last week in San Francisco, called for major changes to the criminal justice system that would cut back the use of mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug-related crimes. (ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS)

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., addressing the American Bar Association last week in San Francisco, called for major changes to the criminal justice system that would cut back the use of mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug-related crimes. (ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS)