U.S. Attorney General takes a look at local program

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U.S. Attorney General takes a look at local program

November 14, 2013 Updated Nov 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The nation's top prosecutor, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, said he hopes to use components of a local program to help reform the criminal justice system.

Holder was in Peoria and St. Louis on Thursday to look at re-entry programs.

He sat in on a session of the Pretrial to Alternatives Detention Initiative program also called PADI.

Under PADI low level drug offenders are given the option of treatment and other resources instead of prison time.

"The longstanding success of this program is something that really leaps out right at you. The level of success, over 90% of the people who belong to the program completed it successfully, leading productive lives," said U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder.

"This program takes you from being an addict and puts you back in your families and does that with a clean clear head and helps you to be the person you once were before you started to use drugs and alcohol," said PADI Graduate, Kyle Wright.

Kyle Wright said he plans to move to Chicago where he and his fiancee will raise their two daughters.

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