By: Jeremy Alford
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell recently traveled to Washington, D.C., for a national crime conference and walked away with an unparalleled souvenir. It was a very unusual occurrence to get a meeting with the president, U.S. attorney general and the chief justice all in one afternoon, says Caldwell. He says President George W. Bush told him that the federal government is continuing with its Early Release Program for Federal Prisoners. The early release went into effect March 3 and will allow some 20,000 crack cocaine users nationwide to walk out of jail, Caldwell says. This news is very alarming to me. Crack cocaine users are quite different from powder cocaine users. Crack is highly addictive. Crack users can be some of your worst criminals and they will strike again, he says.