The Movement To Reform Mandatory Minimum Sentences

The Movement To Reform Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Earlier this year, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced plans to reform federal guidelines for mandatory minimum sentences. We examine the movement for sentencing reform and where it's likely to go in the immediate future.

Earlier this year, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced plans to reform federal guidelines for mandatory minimum sentences. Critics charge that prosecutors have abused mandatory minimum sentences in the past -- and that the resulting swelling of America's incarcerated population has profound consequences far outside the legal system. We examine the movement for sentencing reform and where it's likely to go in the immediate future.

Guests

Nicole Austin-Hillery

Director, Counsel, D.C. Office, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University

Adam Liptak

Supreme Court reporter, The New York Times

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