Holder in Peoria to look at detention program

PEORIA – Attorney General Eric Holder was in Peoria to take a look at a program designed to keep low-level drug offenders out of prison.

The Peoria Journal Star reports Holder said Wednesday he wanted to introduce the Pretrial Alternatives to Detention program to Congress.

Holder has said he wants to find ways to deal with low-level offenders without sending them to jail.

The PADI team consists of the prosecutor, a defense attorney, federal magistrate, probation officer and treatment counselor. During twice-monthly meetings they go over the defendant’s situation and find ways to improve it.

Holder met Kyle Wright, a PADI graduate, who was arrested in McLean County during a federal crackdown on cocaine trafficking. The 38-year-old Wright said the program has delivered him back to his family a better person.