Law enforcement leaders from across the country calling for reduced crime by lowering the quantity of unnecessary arrests will meet with President Barack Obama Wednesday.
More than 100 police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors, including one from San Diego, have formed a new coalition called "Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration.”
At a Washington, D.C. event Wednesday, the leaders gathered to announce the launch. They believe putting too many people behind bars does not keep the public safe.
San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis attended the event, agreeing that a new approach is needed.
“The objective here is to make sure that those who are low level offenders don't go to jail, so that we have room in jail for those who are violent that we need to put away but to recognize that we have too many people in prison,” Dumanis said.
Dumanis and other group leaders will meet with President Barack Obama Thursday to discuss the issues.
The group is pushing Congress and states across the U.S. to enact alternatives to arrests, reducing the number of criminal laws and ending mandatory minimum prison sentences.