Obama Administration Releases Hostage Policy Review

On Wednesday, President Obama will announce a major change in policy with regard to Americans being held hostage overseas.

The government will no longer threaten criminal prosecution of the families of American hostages who are held abroad by groups like the Islamic State if they attempt to pay ransom for the release of their loved ones. The change is one of many that are intended to fix what the administration has acknowledged is a broken policy on United States captives, a senior administration official said.

President Obama ordered the top to bottom review back in November 2014 after an uptick in the hostage-taking of Americans overseas.

ABC News Correspondent Mary Bruce joined us from Washington D.C. to discuss.